Smart Stay – For any phone!

They say that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery”, based on that, the Galaxy S III should be pretty chuffed at the moment.

One clever fellow over at XDA has started work on a beta project for Smart Stay for any phone. If you aren’t aware of the SGS III feature, basically, before your screen times out it fires up the front facing camera, and has a look around. If it spots some eyes looking at it, the screen stays alive. Very clever, if like me, you spend a while reading long posts on the internet.


I have been using this all day now, with some pretty good results considering it is a beta! I have set my time out down to 15 sec just to make sure it was working…

Here are a couple of screen shots, though there isn’t much to see…it all happens behind the scenes.

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If you fancy a dabble, head over to the thread at XDA.

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  • Tony Owen

    That is one ugly UI :-( I use Screebl, doesn’t use camera (uses accelerometer) works well for me.

  • Stephen Murray

    Hi Tony, The UI is pretty basic, but you only see that when you are setting it up…and it’s only a beta.

  • Mail

    Can’t get it anymore, the guy is planning to charge for the full app once he’s used everyone’s dev time which isn’t flying with the mods. Shame … 

    • Stephen Murray

      ouch. I am sure alternatives will start appearing soon enough.

    • Looks like he’s offering deals for beta testers now, so things are back again. No GNex support though :(

  • Ricky Martin

    SmartStay is an original innovative idea.SmartStay uses the front-facing camera to check in on your mug to make sure its still looking at the phone. Now you can get this feature even if you don’t have the Galaxy S III