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Tech & Science Google to update Pixel 4 face unlock with eye detection ‘in the coming months`

17:55  21 october  2019
17:55  21 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The Pixel 4 ’s face unlock feature is very similar to the iPhone’s system, utilizing infrared projectors and cameras to create and read an We’ve been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months .

Google 's Pixel 4 Face Unlock feature replaces the fingerprint sensor and works similarly to Apple's Face ID, which is found on iPhones We've been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months .

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One of the headline features for the Google Pixel 4 is that it adds a new, secure face unlock feature in lieu of a fingerprint sensor. Only it turns out that “secure” is a relative term, as the phone will unlock even if your eyes are closed. Google has given us a statement promising that it will issue a software update that will fix that problem up, but unfortunately, the timeline for it is longer than users might like. Google says that “it has “been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months.”

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Google released an update for the Pixel 4 today requiring users to have their eyes open when using face unlock to open the phone. Google announced last October that it would roll out a feature to check whether your eyes are open “ in the coming months .” Apple has had a similar feature that

Google unveiled its flagship fourth -generation Pixel devices; Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at a hardware event in New York on Tuesday, Oct. "We've been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months

The Pixel 4’s face unlock feature is very similar to the iPhone’s system, utilizing infrared projectors and cameras to create and read an accurate depth map of your face. That makes it more secure than other RGB camera-based solutions — it can’t be tricked with a photo or a video on a flat screen.

However, Apple’s FaceID system does require attention — in the form of your eyes being open and looking at the screen. Users can disable that feature if they like.

Google had previously said that “We don’t have anything specific to announce regarding future features or timing, but like most of our products, this feature is designed to get better over time with future software updates.” It looks like it’s now willing to commit to delivering them.

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The Google Pixel 4 is the latest Android phone family to adopt 3D face unlock , being one of the most secure biometric authentication methods around. Now, Google has told The Verge that a software update is in the works in order to enable the eye detection toggle on the Pixel 4 . But it seems like

Google came up with its own face unlock system for the Pixel 4 and 4 XL using those advanced sensors in the phone’s top bezel. When reached by The Verge, Google didn’t say one way or the other whether this added layer of security is definitely coming . “We don’t have anything specific to

There have been leaks of a “Require eyes to be open” toggle on the Pixel 4’s face unlock settings, but the toggle isn’t there on the phones that Google showed at its event nor will it be present on shipping phones this week.

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Google emphasizes in its statement that despite the fact that it works with your eyes closed, it believes that “Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps. It is resilient against invalid unlock attempts via other means, like with masks.”

The Pixel 4 is able to tell if you’re looking at it in other contexts. It has a “Screen attention” feature that keeps the screen from turning off if you are looking at it. Now Google needs to make it work for unlocking the phone, as well.

Unfortunately for Google, this isn’t the first piece of drama for its face unlock feature. Ahead of its release, Google was forced to admit that contractors it had hired to gather data to improve face unlock on a wide diversity of faces had targeted homeless people. Google suspended the program to investigate.

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Google 's Pixel 4 will get an update in the coming months adding an option requiring eyes to be open for Face Unlock to work. “ In the meantime, if any Pixel 4 users are concerned that someone may take their phone and try to unlock it while their eyes are closed, they can activate a security feature

Google was in the spotlight last week with the introduction of the brand new Pixel 4 lineup. The two phones mark the first time in the Pixel era that Google decided to ditch the fingerprint scanner in favor of face unlock and If all goes well Google should offer the eye detection fix in the coming months .

For people who buy the Pixel 4, Google is again pointing out that “if any Pixel 4 users are concerned that someone may take their phone and try to unlock it while their eyes are closed, they can activate a security feature that requires a pin, pattern or password for the next unlock.” That feature is the “lockdown” option that appears when you long-press the power button.

Here’s Google’s statement in full:

We’ve been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months. In the meantime, if any Pixel 4 users are concerned that someone may take their phone and try to unlock it while their eyes are closed, they can activate a security feature that requires a pin, pattern or password for the next unlock. Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps. It is resilient against invalid unlock attempts via other means, like with masks.

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