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Technology Google will fix Pixel 4 face unlock issue with 'eyes open' update

12:40  21 october  2019
12:40  21 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google Pixel 4 face unlock works even when you're unconscious

  Google Pixel 4 face unlock works even when you're unconscious Your eyes don't need to be open to access the phone.Even a sleeping face can unlock Google's Pixel 4.

Shortly after Google 's Pixel 4 launch last week, the BBC discovered that its Face Unlock biometric security system would unlock your phone, even if your "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

Following Made by Google 2019, it quickly emerged that face unlock on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL does not detect whether your eyes are open . Days before the flagship starts shipping, Google confirmed that eye detection will be coming in a future update .

Shortly after Google's Pixel 4 launch last week, the BBC discovered that its Face Unlock biometric security system would unlock your phone, even if your eyes were closed. That would mean that someone could unlock your phone even if you were sleeping, which makes the Pixel 4 a less secure than Apple's iPhone Face ID, which requires "attention" or open eyes.

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Google has confirmed the issue to Engadget and offered a workaround. "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 company wrote in a statement. "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."

Google responds to uproar over Pixel 4 face unlock security, says it’ll soon work just like iPhones

  Google responds to uproar over Pixel 4 face unlock security, says it’ll soon work just like iPhones We’ve known for several months that the Pixel 4 will feature support for 3D face recognition, as Google announced the feature well before this fall’s Made by Google event. At the time, Google also unveiled the Motion Sense radar, saying that the Soli chip will help improve the speed of Face unlock. What Google failed to mention at the time, or during the Pixel 4 event, is that its Face unlock feature isn’t, for the time being, on par with the iPhone’s Face ID. That’s because the Pixel 4 can be unlocked even if your eyes are closed, as some people discovered after the press conference.

Google has given us a statement promising that it will issue a software update that will fix that problem up, but 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

The Google Pixel 4 has a big issue with its face unlock system, but it looks like a solution is just around the corner. The main issue was that you could unlock the phone with your eyes closed – so, in theory, someone could hold the device up to your sleeping (or unconscious) face , and open the

According to a leaked image spotted by the Verge, it seemed that an earlier version of the Pixel 4 had a setting called "require eyes to be open," much as Face ID does. However, that feature was nowhere to be found on launch day, and won't be available when the phone goes on sale on October 24th.

Other than that issue, the Pixel 4's face unlock system is secure thanks to an infrared system that creates a depth map of your face so that it can't be tricked by a photo. "Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps," Google said. "It is resilient against invalid unlock attempts via other means, like with masks."

If you're not comfortable with the eyes-closed-only setting for now, your best bet is to enable the "lockdown" option as shown here. It can be added directly to the power menu option for quick access, and each time you enable the feature, it will force the user to enter a PIN.

Google just started fixing the Pixel 4 .
The Pixel 4 hit stores only a few days ago, and just like every Pixel phone that preceded it, the phone launched with several issues that Google needs to fix — it’s a sort of Pixel tradition. Smooth Display issues and 3D Face Unlock security are two things Google confirmed it’ll fix via software updates, and the first one has just arrived, with improvements for the Pixel 4’s 90Hz display. Smooth Display is a feature not many competing smartphones have, not even the iPhone 11 or the Galaxy Note 10. But 90Hz display was set to only work when the screen brightness was set above 75%, a detail users noticed soon after the phone was launched.

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