WakeUp Uses Motion to Unlock Your Smartphone; Gives Relief from a Broken Power Button

June 9, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson


While the vast majority of our time with our smartphones is spent using the touchscreen, we still need physical buttons on our devices. These help us wake up our devices and turn down our volume. The power key has been around for years now, and while LG has changed it up a little by putting these buttons on the rear of their smartphones, it’s remained the much the same. Which means that it’s just as prone to failure as any other tiny piece of mechanics. When our lock button breaks, it can be a real pain, especially if you can’t get your device to wake up. That’s where WakeUp can help, as well as offering some convenience it can also save you from the broken power button blues.

WakeUp is a new Android app from XDA user cb56 and it works on Android 2.3 and above. A new way to wake up your device, WakeUp uses motion to bring your device out of its sleep, allowing you to unlock your device without hitting a physical button. Not only is this pretty convenient, but it can also make those last few months before upgrade bearable if your power button has broken. The app itself is easy to set up and there are a number of settings you can change, like the sensitivity and more. While it’s not quite perfect, as battery drain is a concern it does in fact work well. I tested it with my Nexus 5 and it works nicely, but I can’t speak for how big of a hit your battery will take.

All I can say is I wish I had something like this when the power button on my Nexus S failed on me, but instead I sold the device and moved on. WakeUp is a cool app that’s available in the Play Store that works well, and offers a nice little bit of convenience. For more info, take a look at the original thread at the source link.