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PGM Nexus App Allows for Gesture Controls While Display is Off

Gestures are always a neat and popular way to control our devices. With a new app called PGM Nexus, you can use them to control your smartphone even when the screen is off. For example, a gesture that is already preset in the app is for “slide2wake,” where you simply swipe from left to right on the display while it’s off to wake the device. 

It works like a charm, but it is for Galaxy Nexus phones that are rooted only. Sorry, non-rooted owners. Give it a go and let us know what you think.

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  • GewGaw4U

    Loved this feature on my blackberry playbook and been wanting for my Nexus. Just love it! Look forward to trying it out for a bit before buying it! So far works well!

  • feztheforeigner

    “There is no physical button to quickly skip tracks”

    What? Are you an ‘almost there’, robot or a really stupid person?

    These spam comments are getting really weird…

  • cmonnats23

    If this wasnt 3 bucks and the free version barely giving you a taste of the app, id be all over it in a heartbeat!

  • Doesn’t work with Linaro-based kernels.

  • Fatty Bunter

    I want to be able to draw my unlock pattern with the screen off. Hoping for that in the next version!

  • David Kerkes

    I’ve been using this and have yet to notice any substantial battery usage. If anything, maybe an extra 2% over the course of 8 hours.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Interesting app…will definitely give this one a try.

  • Trevor

    Try Smart Screen Off it uses the light sensor instead

  • will this sap battery? always waiting for touch with screen off?

    • bjn714

      I have seen no noticeable impact in the week I have been running it.

      • I installed and tried it out. Works decent but not gonna use it

  • I see slide 2 wake as a perfect feature for someone to use while their phone is plugged or docked at desk for long periods. If possible this could be really harnessed well by also using an nfc tag to only turn it on when docked so as to avoid situations where your device unlocks in your pocket

  • otter34

    Damn, doesn’t work with glaskos kernel

  • GSAI

    Is there a gesture app that replaces the home, back, and recents function? I don’t like the software buttons, but the GMD Gesture control app is awful on my Galaxy Nexus. Almost never worked.

  • Adam Metzner

    AOKP build 40. When I swipe to unlock it just reboots the phone.

    • bjn714

      Try a different kernel. Imoseyon’s leankernel works with it.

  • Paradisimo

    I installed this program last week but had to get rid of it after just a few hours. I found that it was coming unlocked in my pocket. Apparently my leg swiping the screen was enough. Sorry but that’s a deal breaker.


      Are you sure it wasn’t something else doing the swiping?

      • lol..win

      • Mike


      • cobjones

        How did two people down rank that comment?

    • Exactly what I was thinking. And why do we need a “gesture unlock”..? Is pressing the physical wake button that difficult….!!!??

  • lilcdroid

    It works great but doesn’t support all Kernels yet. Battery draw is extremely minimal. He has a thread on XDA regarding the app. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1721895

    • ohhhhh, good to know

  • jeepguy04

    I don’t think the extra battery drain from constantly listening for screen input would be worth it for something like waking the device. I would much rather just push the power button to wake. Other than showing off it seems like 2 finger swiping the screen would require more effort than tapping power button.

    I do see it handy for skipping music tracks. Sounds like it only listens for screen input while earphones attached and music playing. So not a constant 24/7 power drain. And there is no physical button to quickly skip tracks.

    • bjn714

      I am very conscious of my battery and what uses it. I have to say that I have noticed zero impact on battery life at all from this. I was skeptical at first but after using it for a week I can’t see any downside.

  • azndan4

    I wish this could work on other devices

    • bjn714

      I believe the device has it for the evo 3d. Maybe he can make it for others in the future.

  • Yeah, this just makes my phone reboot when I load it… might be a problem related to my kernel and not the app though. I’d be curious to see how this app affects the battery life of the phone, it’s already bad enough lol

    • bjn714

      Works with leankernel. And no noticeable battery impact so far in the week I have been using it.

  • Arthur

    Just for nexus…
    Waiting for other phones^^

  • htowngtr

    People actually own these things and don’t have them rooted and unlocked?? Wow.

    • White Lotus

      Yeah, believe it or not, not everyone wants to root their phone and some people prefer to experience stock Android.

      • Trevor Bissler

        Its a bad experience.

      • htowngtr

        You can run stock AOSP on this device and be rooted. I don’t think you grasp what that means.

      • Jon

        Rooting a device can be done without messing with the stock experience at all. Takes a few minutes to do. What you gain is basically full administrator privilege to your device. You will be able to install apps that require root privileges, without screwing with your stock experience at all.

        Now those that so choose, can take a rooted device, and then install a custom ROM, but it’s not necessary. You can simply root just to keep things as they are but have the administrator priveleges to install whatever app you want.

      • jugrnaut

        My favorite part of the stock Android experience is playing Let’s Golf 2

        • You get an A+ and best comment of the day award.

  • Jordan

    I can see where this would be a battery hog.

    • it could use other sensor to enable the apps but yeah it will dent your battery

    • am

      been using it since day one and you won’t notice any battery drain. it even puts your phone to a deep sleep. go to his forum to see how it exactly works

  • Greyhame

    if only my nexus had the maxx’s battery for apps like this…

    • KleenDroid

      You have the option of even putting in a bigger battery than that if you like. Lots of battery options available since you have a removable back.

      Actually I’ve got 2 batteries and it takes a second to slap the second one in.

      • Greyhame

        I’m fully aware, just lamenting.

  • Pretty cool. Would be interesting to know what kind of battery drain this is. (I guess I’ll download it and find out!)

  • Nex__

    Pretty cool, but doesn’t that mean you screen would be “on” at all times then?

    • dschoenike

      this is from the developer This will NOT add additional battery drain
      when the screen is not touched. When you
      touch the screen there’s a bit of processing
      for that but it’s really insignificant when you
      compare it to a few minutes of screen battery
      drain. Despite what some people are saying,
      there is no polling, no thread running. Devices
      use interrupts, so this mod is totally inactive
      until you touch the screen (it is “woken up” in
      that moment). I’ve this on Evo3D when I had
      it and I’ve found no additional battery drain.
      Here I’m using it for few days and I don’t see
      the difference in battery life.

      • Nex__

        Nice, I may give this a shot