To keep pace with Apple’s facial identity, Google has equipped the next generation of pixel phones with facial recognition technologies. All you need is this cute mug to access your device.
And like its competitor, Google seems to solve the problems. Unlocking Pixel 4 may be a bit too easy. Apparently you can do it with your eyes closed.
Google confirmed this on BBC News on Friday after one of its reporters, Chris Fox, shared a video of himself unlocking a Pixel 4 pretending to be asleep and / or dead.
Although Google has not yet drawn attention to this aspect of its new feature to unlock the face in Pixel 4 ads or demonstrations, there was enough cause for concern to earn a disclaimer on the site. Phone Support: “Your phone can also be unlocked by another person if it stays in front of your face, even if your eyes are closed.”
What’s your big advice, galaxy brain? “Keep your phone in a safe place,” continues the support page. Thank you, Google. Android also has an optional lock option that locks biometric access to a device. You can only access it with a PIN code.
Even so, it is more than worrying to think that a roommate or partner – devil, even a child accidentally (or not, Fortnite skins are not exactly growing on trees) – could break your life Phoning while you sleep, especially Google can rely on the security of its feature to unlock faces to allow payments and connect to apps.
To put it bluntly, Apple’s facial recognition can do all this too, but the default value requires you to prove that you’re “alert”, meaning that you’re looking at the device before you let it happen. Of course you can still disable this additional security measure via the settings menu.
This does not seem to be a mistake either, as one of the many numerous leaks in Pixel 4 revealed a setting in the Facial Unlocking menu titled “Require that Eyes Be Open”. A precautionary measure that is useless or that has not been developed, as this option will not be available for Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL when they are offered for sale next week, the company said BBC News.
Despite this worrying feature, Google appears confident in the security of its face unlock feature. “These are really just two face-to-face authorization solutions that meet security requirements, so you know that this level of payments is for us and Apple,” said Sherry Lin, Pixel’s Product Manager at the BBC.
Google did not immediately respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment, but I suppose the statement they provide will look something like this, a spokesperson for The Verge said:
— Chris Fox (@thisisFoxx) October 15, 2019
“We have nothing special to announce in terms of future features or timing, but like most of our products, this feature has been developed to be gradually improved with future software updates.”
Until then, Pixel 4 users may only need to take precautions to avoid the thieves of facial data they seek while sleeping. R.L. Stine, someone is giving me his new story about 21st century goose bumps.