PocketSafe comes from the developer CellNinja, who has brought us many great apps in the past, Silent Keys - International Keyboard, ProtectMe, Volt, Hub2Watch and more. Many of which we have reviewed or written about. The idea behind the app, as the name suggests, is to prevent things occurring when you're phone is in your pocket, such as pocket dialling or nonsense messages, etc.
The app itself doesn't have much visually as most of the work is carried out behind the scenes. In fact, the app just has a bit of text explaining the app and some settings. That's it. But like I said, all the work happens in the background.
PocketSafe makes use of the proximity sensor found on BlackBerry 10 smartphones. It is headless, so it doesn't need to be kept open in function. Here's the developer's description of how it works:
Proximity Sensor. All BB10 phones have one, it's usually on top part of the front face. When the screen is turned ON, PocketSafe starts the sensor and begins receiving what we call 'close events'. A close event is when the sensor detects that an object is close to the sensor (a few centimeters, not even an inch). Of course, it can't differentiate what kind of object this is, but it's usually not a good sign if the object stays close for more than a second. That means there's a good chance that your phone is against your face or inside your pocket, and accidental typing can occur as the screen is still ON. On those occasions, PocketSafe shows a popup on screen to 'consume' false touch events, if ever they occur. As soon as your phone will get out of the close environment, the popup will disappear by itself, letting you use the device.
In the app settings there are a few options to choose from, such as Battery Saving Mode, Delay and Vibrate. With Battery Saving Mode activated the app doesn't start working until 10 seconds after you turn on the screen. The app itself doesn't impact battery life by much with this mode turned off but the developer has included such an option for anyone looking to stretch their battery life, just a tad bit more if using the app.
The app is currently available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones and costs $0.99. However, you can get yourself a free copy with a promo until August 1st, 2015. Follow the instructions below to get a free copy.
- Open up BlackBerry World
- Swipe down from the top and tap Redeem
- Enter promo code POCKETSAFEFREE
- Tap the green FREE icon
Please note that this app is for BlackBerry 10 smartphones running OS 10.3.x and above. If you miss out on a free copy, you can purchase it for $0.99 from BlackBerry World.