Screebl Privacy Policy Print E-mail


This privacy policy governs your use of the software application Screebl (“Application”) for mobile devices that was created by Keyes Labs. The Application keeps your device screen based on the angle at which you are holding your device.


What information does the Application obtain and how is it used?

User Provided Information

The Application does not obtain or explicitly request information when you download the Application. No registration with us is requested or possible.

Automatically Collected Information

The Application may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device you use, your mobile devices unique device ID, the IP address of your mobile device, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browsers you use, information about the way you use the Application, and errors that occure while the application is running.  This information is collected anonymously, and no attempt is made to correlate it with specific users.

When you use the mobile application, we may use GPS technology (or other similar technology) to determine your current general location in order to determine the city you are located within to calculate relevant content for advertisements. We also use this information to calculate in general terms where our application is being used around the world.

If you do not want us to use your location for the purposes set forth above, you should turn off the location services for the mobile application located in your account settings or in your mobile phone settings and/or within the mobile application, or you may uninstall the application.


Do third parties see and/or have access to information obtained by the Application?

Only aggregated, anonymized data is periodically transmitted to external services to help us improve the Application and our service. We will share your information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy statement.

We may disclose User Provided and Automatically Collected Information:

as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process;

when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request;

with our trusted services providers who work on our behalf, do not have an independent use of the information we disclose to them, and have agreed to adhere to the rules set forth in this privacy statement.

If Keyes Labs is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of this information, as well as any choices you may have regarding this information.

to advertisers and third party advertising networks and analytics companies as described in the section below


Automatic Data Collection and Advertising

We may work with analytics companies to help us understand how the Application is being used, such as the frequency and duration of usage. We work with advertisers and third party advertising networks (for the free version of the product), who need to know how you interact with advertising provided in the Application which helps us keep the cost of the Application low. Advertisers and advertising networks use some of the information collected by the Application, including, but not limited to, the unique identification ID of your mobile device. To protect the anonymity of this information, we use an encryption technology to help ensure that these third parties can’t identify you personally. These third parties may also obtain anonymous information about your non-precise location information (e.g., your zip code), and other non-precise location information in order to help analyze and serve anonymous targeted advertising on the Application and elsewhere. We may also share encrypted versions of information you have provided in order to enable our partners to append other available information about you for analysis or advertising related use.

If you’d like to opt-out from third party use of this type of information to help serve targeted advertising, please visit the section entitled “Opt-out” below.


What are my opt-out rights?

There are multiple opt-out options for users of this Application:


Opt-out of all information collection by uninstalling the Application: You can stop all collection of information by the Application easily by uninstalling the Application. You may use the standard uninstall processes as may be available as part of your mobile device or via the mobile application marketplace or network. You can also request to opt-out via email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


What are my opt-out rights?

You can stop all collection of information by the Application easily by uninstalling the Application. You may use the standard uninstall processes as may be available as part of your mobile device or via the mobile application marketplace or network. You can also request to opt-out via email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Data Retention Policy, Managing Your Information

We will retain data for as long as you use the Application and for a reasonable time thereafter. We will retain Automatically Collected information for up to 24 months and thereafter may store it in aggregate.



We do not use the Application to knowingly solicit data from or market to children under the age of 13. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that his or her child has provided us with information without their consent, he or she should contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will delete such information from our files within a reasonable time.



We are concerned about safeguarding the confidentiality of your information. We provide physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information we process and maintain. For example, we limit access to this information to authorized employees and contractors who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our Application. Please be aware that, although we endeavor provide reasonable security for information we process and maintain, no security system can prevent all potential security breaches.



This Privacy Policy may be updated from time to time for any reason. We will notify you of any changes to our Privacy Policy by posting the new Privacy Policy here and informing you via email or text message. You are advised to consult this Privacy Policy regularly for any changes, as continued use is deemed approval of all changes. You can check the history of this policy by clicking here.


Your Consent

By using the Application, you are consenting to our processing of your information as set forth in this Privacy Policy now and as amended by us. "Processing,” means using cookies on a computer/hand held device or using or touching information in any way, including, but not limited to, collecting, storing, deleting, using, combining and disclosing information, all of which activities will take place in the United States. If you reside outside the United States your information will be transferred, processed and stored there under United States privacy standards.


Contact us

If you have any questions regarding privacy while using the Application, or have questions about our practices, please contact us via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Screebl 3.0 Ships! Print E-mail

Dim lights

Well, it's finally here.  After a year of development, over 10,000 beta users, and installations to more than 28,000 devices, Screebl Pro 3.0 finally hit the Google Play store today.  You can download it here.  Thanks to all of those that participated in the beta.  It's taken a bit longer than I expected to get things ready for Pro, as features kept being added and I occasionally put the project on hold for other more urgent work, but I'm pleased with the overall result.

This is a ground-up rewrite of Screebl, with a focus on cool new features, hardware compatibility, battery consumption and simplification.  Android is a shifting target lately for an app like Screebl, as Google and hardware manufactures make tweaks to Android builds to squeeze every little second possible out of battery life and improve the overall multitasking experience.  Hardware varies dramatically, sensors work differently, and even end-user usage patterns for an app like Screebl vary widely.  In the end though, I think that things have reached a point of stability with 3.0 that makes it a no brainer to replace the aging Screebl 2.x code line.


Screebl 3.0 Nears Completion! Print E-mail

Dim lights

I've been hard at work doing a ground-up rewrite of Screebl, with a focus on cool new features, hardware compatibility, battery consumption and simplification.

Things are getting very close, and you can check on the latest state-of-the-art here:  The new app is quite stable, and I've been using it for over six months on a variety of my own devices.  There are still some newer features that are not as heavily tested, but you can expect things to generally be in a good place.

There are some exciting new features to play with too!  The following list hits on the highlights...
Explanation of the New Screebl Pro Licensing Features Print E-mail

As of version 2.2.0 of Screebl Pro, a new licensing mechanism called Automatic Application Licensing (AAL) has been bundled with the app.  The purpose of AAL is to allow painless verification that the user of Screebl Pro actually purchased the app from the Android Market.  We've taken this step to attempt to put a stop to the insane levels of piracy that Screebl has seen, and so far, things seem to be working out nicely.

I've received a number of questions over the course of the last few days asking me how AAL works, why we chose to include it in Screebl Pro, and what the implications are for users.  This article will cover the details, and describe why we finally decided to pull the trigger on licensing in our mobile apps...

Screebl Gets Roasted! Print E-mail

Screebl Pro continues to recieve good reviews.  It is now ranked in the top 20 on the Android Market in the Tools category, and in the top 50 overall!  Thanks to everyone that has tweeted, emailed, or otherwise shared your love of Screebl.  Please keep sharing!

It is generally a very challenging and time-consuming endeavor to review a sophisticated piece of software like Screebl, particularly when it involves changing and evaluating phone usage patterns.  The new review site recently "roasted" (that's what they call their reviews) Screebl Pro as their first review.  It is a very thorough and accurate review, making some good observations about ways that we can improve the product.  I was also happy to see that the review has decent coverage of the Locale integration.

Nice work AppRoasters!


Screebl Pro has Been Released! Print E-mail

Screebl Lite has been cranking along for over three months now.  Since it's release a lot has happened, and we've learned a lot about what it takes to nurse a little utility application into a product.  Before I go into what is contained in the next major release of Screebl (it's some pretty cool stuff), let me hit on the highlights of what Screebl Lite has done so far...

  • Screebl Lite has been downloaded over 20,000 times, and thousands of you use it every day. 
  • I've received hundreds of questions, high-fives, suggestions, and death threats.  Much of that feedback has made its way directly back in to the product.
  • Screebl has been localized by native speakers of five different languages. 
  • Screebl has been reviewed six times, by a variety of online publications, including AndroidGuys, AndroidTapp, Phandroid, KnowYourMobile, BrightHub, and (Japanese).
  • Screebl came in 5th in its category in the Android Developer Challenge 2, just behind a smokin' hot digital secretary.

Now how could things possibly get any better, you might ask?  Well we've been hard at work scraping together Screebl Pro, and there are some really cool things to be excited about...

Why Go Pro? Print E-mail

Screebl Lite has been cranking along for quite some time now.  From coming in 5th in its category in ADC2 to the hundreds-of-thousands of times that the app has been downloaded, it's been really fun watching this innovative little utility spread throughout the Android community.

We often get the question "why should I upgrade to Screebl Pro?".  We think that there are lots of great reasons, including supporting continued enhancement and bug fixes.

In a nutshell, you get the following Pro-only features:

o  Locale/Tasker Integration - Include Screebl detection capabilities as you configure your phone.  Your imagination is the limit!

o  Screen Timeout Control - You are in control of how fast your screen times out after your phone is moved out of a configured Screebl range.

o Icon Customization - Choose how you want your icons to look in the notification bar.

o Improved Detection Algorithm - Bed reading, lying on your right side, and other tricky detection scenarios work better in Screebl Pro.  You have move control over Axis Variance, the key parameter that makes these work.

Here's a detailed description of the enhanced features that you will get ONLY in Screebl Pro...

Screebl Finishes 5th in Its Category in ADC2! Print E-mail

Well, the Android Developer Challenge is over, and unfortunately Screebl was not in the money this year.  We were close, coming in at 5th (prizes were awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category).  That at least puts us on the first page of rank ordered finalists.

Google chose to not put a link from the contest results to the developers' web sites, so placing well hasn't helped much in promoting Screebl.  It was a fun ride though, and a lot was learned.  Thanks for all of your votes!

Screebl Power Saving Study Results Print E-mail

Recently, the Android Guys published a review of Screebl.  At the end of that review they mentioned that they planned to do an evaluation of my claim that Screebl can save power under common usage patterns.  Well, Android Guys have yet to follow through on their evaluation, but I've been meaning to do a study myself for some time now, and I've finally gotten around to it. Here are the results...

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