I use both iOS and Android in my setup with results being as expected.
Looking for Android Screen Dimmer
For an application like iRule, I like my device to completely turn off its screen, when (currently) not in use, and without the need to unlock the screen when getting picked up.
iOS' native screen-dimming function does not turn off the screen completely and leaves the screen with a light glow, when not in use....and there is also the lock-out feature that prompts you to swipe in order to unlock the device again. A smart cover helps a bit, but is not really an option for a serious remote control IHMO. So I have been using Cydia's app ScreenDimmer in combination with NoLockScreen with great success.
I was wondering how Android devices handle this? Can they do it natively or are additional apps needed? If the latter, which ones?
Thanks for your reply, briansj.
iRule's screen dimming function for iOS can only dim the screen, but not turn it off completely. From what I understand this is due to some iOS restrictions.
Are you saying that the Android version can turn off the screen completely? This would be excellent news.
Thanks guys, that sounds promising.
So to make sure I fully understand, to turn the screen back on, would it be enough just to move/pick up the device, i.e. no need to push a (power) button? (That is for a set period of let's say 30 minutes until the device goes fully to sleep.)
In short, I am looking for a device behavior like I was used to from my URC MX3000 or Pronto remote control days => picking up the remote turns it on - no need to press extra buttons.
Yes, exactly.... and yes, that's the only reason why I have jailbroken my iPads also.
Now I am looking for the very same functionality on Android devices (I am thinking of adding a Nexus 7, rather than an iPad mini).