Keep Your Android Awake When You’re Using it With This Ingenious App (Video)


Users and OEMs alike are fighting a battle between better performance and longer battery life. Battery life, it seems, is losing. OEMs have turned to software to help their devices know when it’s okay to turn the back-light and the screen off — and when it’s not. Samsung’s Smart Stay (and various copy-cat apps) take an interesting approach by looking at your eyes with your front-facing camera. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. There’s got to be a better way, at least that’s what one developer thought. Take a look at Keep Screen ON Lite, and how it tackles the problem of knowing when to turn your screen off.

According to the developer “Keep Screen ON is an innovative free app that allow you to keep your smartphone screen ON in a smart way. This app will help you saving battery keeping the screen on only when you are holding it. This works thanks to orientation sensor built in your device (smartphone or tablet).”

Unlike Samsung‘s Smart Stay (and the apps that have tried to copy Samsung’s idea), this app uses your device’s accelerometer and proximity sensors to detect when your phone is being held at an angle versus when it’s laying flat. When flat, the backlight turns off very quickly, followed by the screen. Both of these help save battery life.

For some reason the app wouldn’t install on my Nexus 4, but as you can tell from the video, it works rather well on my Nexus 7.

Keep Screen ON Lite can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. The PRO version is available for around US$1.27 and adds the following features:

  • Disable when charging
  • Disable when near proximity sensor
  • Display Timeout Tab

Give it a try and let us know what device you tried it on and how well it worked (or problems that you had) in the comments below!

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.