by: TeqTic • 37
KinScreen is a lightweight application that automatically manages the screen time-out. It keeps your screen on when you need it (convenient) and turns it off when you don't (battery savings). No more annoying screen timing out while you are reading or thinking!
How It Works:
Motion - The screen is kept on by motion detection of the device. Small movements are detected from you just holding the device. The screen will time out quickly when motion is not detected to save battery.
Proximity - The screen will time out quickly when the proximity sensor is covered, whether in motion or not. For example, screen will time-out when placed in a pocket or face down on a desk. Be careful not to cover the proximity sensor while holding the phone in landscape! The screen is also kept on by waving over the proximity sensor.
• Works in the dark unlike other apps that use the camera to detect motion.
• Keep your screen on while charging. This option may also be available in your Android's developer settings, but if you've installed a secure Exchange account, that option is no longer available. KinScreen's option will continue to work and has the option to keep the screen bright as well.
• Battery friendly! The service is designed to be lightweight and use minimal CPU. Only sensors with the lowest power consumption are used. Sensor monitoring is disabled once the screen is off so the phone can sleep and there is no battery drain. Any battery use will be more than made up by the display timing out more quickly when you don't need it on.
• Simple, without a ton of confusing options. Start it once and forget it! It will not interfere with in-call behaviour, games or any other apps that keep the screen on already.
• Watch what it does in real-time! The coloured proximity, motion, and screen fields let you know what KinScreen is doing. When screen is green, the time-out is being actively extended, when white it is timing out normally (20s), and when red it is timing out quickly (10s). Note the proximity reading may be delayed. This is for efficiency reasons.
• Ignore motion while flat up - Motion is ignored when the device is facing up on a horizontal surface. This allows the screen to time-out when placed face up in a moving car or on a table with vibrations.
• Screen always on while charging / Stay bright - Does not allow the screen to time-out while charging, with the option to also keep it bright (no dimming). This only works while the device is unlocked.
Warning: AMOLED screens can get "burn-in" or "ghosting" if the same image is left on the screen for long periods of time.
After installing, please set the device on a very stable surface, tap calibrate and wait 10s for KinScreen to automatically fine tune the motion sensitivity for your device.
The persistent notification is required so that the service is not killed by the system. If you would like to hide the notification, find KinScreen in Settings -> Apps, and un-check "show notifications". KinScreen will continue to work.
This app is provided FREE of charge or ads while providing functionality similar to paid apps. If you find it useful, please donate by tapping on the heart icon.
Similar apps: Screebl, Samsung's SmartStay, GravityScreen.
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