Will Verduzco · Sep 23, 2013 at 09:00 am

Automaton Updated with Host of New Features

Not too long ago, we took a look at an app by XDA Senior Member Akshay (Aky) that simulates smart cover functionality. Conceived originally as a smarter method of sleeping and waking your device, the app was quickly re-imagined to incorporate additional features under a new name: Automaton.

Since our previous coverage, the developer has been hard at work adding in new features, in addition to unlocking (pun intended) previously paid-only features into the free version of the app. Now, essentially all features from the paid version are available in the free version. When asking the developer what were the biggest highlights in the new version, he replied:

Major Changes:
New advance unlock option
New Sensor modes
Air Gestures
Brand new UI
New tutorial
Say time & it’s advance settings
Both Locking –  Unlocking can be used with Gestures too
Ability to change Wakelocks type
Tons of bugs fixes & improvements

Minor:
Added alternate shake sensor option
New Sliders
Navigation Drawer
Toggles

Basically, users (especially of the free version) now have much more customization options. While many of these were available in the past for paid users, now free users can partake in the fun. This includes new gesture types, a more easily navigable interface, additional unlock options, and more.

Just as before, you can use your proximity, magnetic cover, ambient light, and accelerometer sensors to lock and unlock your device. However, now a combination of sensors can be used. For example, you can combine the accelerometer and proximity sensors or the proximity and light sensors for fewer false alarms. You can even calibrate the sensors for even greater precision. And if you decide to download the beta version, you can even try out the app’s new air gestures.

Learn more by visiting the application thread.


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