It may be that nobody knows the answer to this question yet ... I'm not actually sure whether this is an ICS question or just a "stock Android" question.
My employer requires that I have a password lock on my phone, so for usability I really need to be able to have the password prompt appear only after 30 minutes of inactivity (rather than every time the screen turns on). I know that these two timeouts (unsecured screen lock and password lock) can be separately configured with some ROMs; for example, it works that way on the stock Samsung Touchwiz builds, and CyanogenMod 7 gives you complete, granular control over all kinds of different timeout parameters. But I know that there are other phones that don't separate the two, meaning that if you set a password you have to re-enter it every time you turn the screen on.
I've never run vanilla Android, so I have no idea whether this is a standard feature that it's reasonable to expect in ICS. It's a major must-have feature for me, though, so it factors into my purchase decision for the Galaxy Nexus. Anybody got any clue?
Re: Password timeout
OK, replying to my own post in case anybody else is interested in the answer to this. I decided to find out for myself, so I installed the ICS SDK and fired up the emulator.
At first I didn't see any such option. Under "Security > Screen Lock" you just get a choice between None, Slide, Pattern, PIN, and Password. I was prepared to be disappointed.
However, if you set a password, a new "Automatically lock" option appears. When you go into that option, you can choose how long AFTER going to sleep the phone locks, with choices ranging from 5 seconds to 30 minutes. This is completely separate from the sleep delay, which is under Display.
So I'm happy. This was literally the last question I needed to get resolved in order to make a decision whether to go with the Galaxy Nexus.
- 12-16-2011, 12:29 PM #3
Re: Password timeout
It turns out it doesn't work like I'd hoped either. As I posted earlier, you can set a delay for how long it locks after sleeping. Unfortunately, when you turn the screen off with the power button, it ALWAYS locks immediately, regardless of this setting. Not what I wanted at all.
Hopefully CyanogenMod 9 will be along before too long and will provide a solution.