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Walk and Work at the Same Time With Nameless ROM’s “On-The-Go” Mode

Admit it – at some point, you have tried to use your phone and walk at the same time. It’s a behavior that every smartphone owner probably engages in at some point or another, but really shouldn’t; it’s rude at the least, and can be downright dangerous at the worst.

For those who can’t seem to momentarily avert their eyes from their smartphone, though, there are apps and features that aim to make simultaneous walking and working a bit less precarious. One the coolest implementations we have seen is from the makers of Nameless ROM. Called On-The-Go-Mode, it uses transparency and camera data to keep you aware of where you are walking. 

On-The-Go-Mode, which is toggle-able via the Nameless ROM settings menu, adds adjustable translucency to the Android UI and replaces backgrounds with a real-time feed from your phone’s rear-facing camera. Even if it doesn’t necessarily help you avoid collisions between pedestrians and cracks in the pavement, the visual effect is pretty darn cool.

Nameless ROM currently supports more than a dozen devices, including the LG G2, Nexus 5, and other devices from LG and Samsung. Be forewarned that the steps required to install it on your smartphone will most certainly void your warranty.

To see if your device is supported, head on over the ROM’s main website.

Via: XDA
Cheers, Jason!
  • Tom

    So… uh… How’s the battery life with this? I can’t imagine heavy use of this would help the battery at all.

  • schlanz

    its rude if its a pedestrian heavy area. but if you’re literally the only one around…

  • flosserelli

    This is a cool trick to show geeky friends, but if you are so attached to your phone that you really need this feature, then maybe you should “unplug” for awhile.

  • H.R. Pierson

    Talking on my G Pro and walking.into something? No.
    While Texting…… Ahaaaa…. Yes. Proved my G Pro could take a drop. And I’d better watch where I walk. Or get a helmet. Lol

  • Anthony Saylor

    I used the app for this on my GNex a year or so ago.

    Long story short, you dont pay attention to what your phone is displaying in the background because your’e focused on reading what is on the screen (in the foreground).

    Used it for about 15 min until i nearly walked into a parked car. My buddy stopped me from hitting it, not the app.

    • michael arazan

      This sounds like a job for Google Glass, to walk and be productive

  • blahblahblah

    It’s not anything new. Apps to do this have been around for years.

  • Intellectua1

    There has been an app for this since the Droid X days…

  • BigMixxx

    I saw this in omniroms gerrit and freaked out. Can’t wait for tonite’s nightly.

  • Kyle

    Just think if you had this on the OPPO N1 that has the camera that spins around…then you could point the camera forward and be able to actually see ahead of you and not get hit by a bus maybe!

    • tdurden64111

      #2spooky4me. Honestly, there was something very similar about 2 years ago but it drained battery badly.

  • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

    Wow, this is real innovation. Props to developers.

    • Intellectua1

      You know there has been an app available for this since the Droid X days right?

    • blahblahblah

      No it’s not. Plenty of apps in the play store that do this..

  • Chris

    Just a heads up for anyone wanting this feature now. This app does this, it’s a bit laggy and lowers battery life, but I have been using it for a year or two now:


  • Does that first paragraph really say that walking while using your phone is rude? What?…

    • scastro87

      Is it not?

      • It’s rude to whom, exactly?
        Unless you’re bumping into people, or ignoring someone that you’re supposed to be paying attention to, no… it’s not.

        • scastro87

          Well that’s the point- If you’re looking down at your phone, you might not realize when you’re about to walk into someone else.

          • Kyle Wiggers

            That’s what I was going for.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          Walking & using the phone is easy and not rude or reckless or dangerous.

          Walking around with your phone on speaker with it tilted like seen in the photo above so that everything you say is heard by everyone around you is annoying AND rude.

          • scastro87

            Until you walk out into the street without paying attention and get hit by a car.

          • Warren Smith

            I feel sorry for people who can’t loosely watch their phone and walking in a semi trafficked area at the same time.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Yay I got my first tip on XDA… didn’t know if there were apps that did the same before but thought this ROM and its team needed a lot of coverage, they are so firkin’ dedicated.

    • jamdev12

      I remember a texting app that did. I think it was called walk and text or something to this effect.

  • Ryan N

    I remember an app that did this on droid x… Still I’m sure it’s useful to some.

    • Israel Ramirez

      the dx brings back some feels. I remember that app too

  • mikeym0p

    I remember an app that did this with root, but the implementation in this rom is so seamless I’d probably use the feature a lot.

  • JSo

    People actually need this feature? lol

    • Greg Morgan

      You’d be amazed. Living in Seattle, people are constantly looking at their phone while walking. Many have no idea what’s happening around them.

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  • bogy25

    Got my sights set on that LG G3 – can;t wait for the release – looks like a legit phone

    • jamdev12

      Hu? You got the wrong article it seems.

  • Droid Ronin

    It’s been a while since we’ve seen mentions of custom ROMs on this site. Good to see them again.

  • Synacks

    very cool

  • reyalP

    I could see people using this while they drive. Too many idiots in the world for an app like this to be out in the wild!

    • NorCalGuy

      Until you get a camera fc

      • Daistaar

        That’s fine. You just keep driving, hold the home and power button to restart and start it back up (Laughs at the idea of people holding the buttons with both hands and looking down at the screen while driving LOL)