We Recommend: Get the SmartStay Feature From the Galaxy SIII On Your Android Devices

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  • 25 Aug 2012
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  • Samsung’s flagship device – the Galaxy SIII, introduced a great deal of software features that separated it from the rest of the Android smartphones. Most of these functions were eventually ported to other devices but missing some options or not working as they should. A good implementation is hard to come by but some developers took it as a challenge and started developing apps that you will without a doubt want to have on your device.


    Smart Stay was one of the first features that stirred a lot of interest when the Galaxy SIII was first announced. With the feature activated the device checks periodically to see if you’re looking at the display, and turns the backlight off if you’re not, saving battery life. This is achieved by using the device’s front-facing camera to detect your face. In normal lighting conditions the function works pretty well, keeping the screen on when you need it to. When the lightning conditions aren’t proper it rather fails to work as it should.

    SmartStay Ex is an easy to use and free app that implements one of the coolest features in Samsung Galaxy S3, the Smart Stay function. The app works by the same principle as the original Samsung implementation. It uses facing camera to detect whether the user is looking at the phone and if the user is, then Smart Stay makes sure the phone screen stays on so the user can continue to read or do whatever they were doing. Using this app you will get rid of the annoying action of having to turn on the screen or touch the screen so that your screen stays on. The only shortcoming I found when testing the app is that it doesn’t allow other apps to use the camera once the SmartStay function is enabled. Also you might want to keep in mind that it will not work with devices missing a front camera and sometimes it even refuses to work with devices meeting these requirements.


    SmartStay EX Lite version is offered for free on the Play Store. You can also purchase the Pro version and get a couple of extra features.

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