(9 days left!) Be the first with a 200MP camera! Visit Samsung to reserve and gain $100 in Samsung credit!

SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Google Smart Unlock won’t be replaced by Wear OS Watch Unlock

General
By 

Last updated: January 23rd, 2023 at 11:35 UTC+01:00

Android comes with many handy features, one of which is Smart Unlock. It allows you to keep your smartphone unlocked when you have connected it to a Bluetooth accessory and have it with you at a trusted location. The security of the Smart Unlock comes into question when you use it with a smartwatch, as it keeps the smartphone unlocked even though you aren’t wearing it.

To fix this, Google demoed the Wear OS Watch Unlock feature at CES 2023. However, new information coming in from folks at 9To5Google reveals that Wear OS Watch Unlock won’t replace Smart Unlock. In fact, Smart Unlock will be sticking around under the name “Extend Unlock.” Strings found in the latest Google Play services version 23.03.13, show Watch Unlock as an upgrade over Smart Lock (Trusted devices).

Also, it is learned that Smart Unlock will be rebranded as Extend Unlock and will remain available. It is surprising to see Google’s intent to keep Smart Unlock even after demoing Watch Unlock

Apparently, Wear OS Watch Unlock will unlock the Android phone or tablet when a connected Wear OS 3.0 device is brought near it. This will work for Samsung Chromebooks and other Chromebooks as well. The wearable has to be unlocked, and you will get an on-watch confirmation that auto-unlock was initiated. You will be able to quickly lock the phone as well. Your watch will show that your phone was “Unlocked by Watch.”

It is noted that in order to use the feature, your smartphone or tablet needs to be running Android 13. Moreover, users can set up the option by heading to Settings » Security & privacy » More security settings. Watch Unlock will appear under Smart Unlock, and you need to select your wearable from the list.

General Android 13ChromebookGoogleWear OSWear OS 3
Load 0 comments

You might also like

Unlocked Galaxy A51 gets the last Android update in the USA

The Galaxy A51 is getting its last big Android OS upgrade in the USA. Specifically, Android 13 is now live for the unlocked Galaxy A51 in the United States, and with the new firmware comes One UI 5.0 and the December 2022 security patch. The Galaxy A51 shipped in 2019 with Android 10 onboard. The […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 9 mins ago

Galaxy S20 FE US fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for

The factory-unlocked Galaxy S20 FE 5G is finally getting the Android 13 update in the USA. Carrier models got the update at the end of last year, and the unlocked variant is now following suit. Android 13 and One UI 5.0 are now available for the S20 FE 5G variant that carries the SM-G781U1 model […]

  • By Mihai Matei
  • 3 hours ago

Google Clock gets easier alarm controls, new timer UI

Google is rolling out an update to the Google Clock app. It bumps the app’s version to 7.4 and brings two changes. The first change is new alarm controls, which are easier to use than before and look more in line with the company’s current design philosophy. The second change is a redesigned UI for […]

  • By Asif Iqbal Shaik
  • 6 hours ago

Android 14’s tight security to block you from downloading outdated apps

With every passing year, Google enhances the security of Android to safeguard users’ privacy and data. Well, it seems like Android 14 will bring a great security feature that will stop you from downloading outdated apps on your phone. Apparently, Android 14 will block the installation of apps meant for outdated Android versions. For years, Android […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 7 hours ago

Google Photos app could display RAW images by default

Going by the strings of code found in the latest version of the Google Photos app (v6.20) for Android, Google might be working on the option to always show RAW images in the Photo app’s main feed. RAW images are unprocessed images that are larger in size and show you the image captured directly from […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 7 hours ago

Google Messages will soon get user profiles, new delivery indicators

Google Messages recently received a Material You makeover and a redesigned account switcher. Now, as per the latest user report, Google Messages is set to receive one more interesting feature soon. According to a screenshot shared by a Reddit user, u/seeareeff, Google Messages will allow you to create your own user profile. Do note that […]

  • By Sagar Naresh
  • 12 hours ago