When the Pixel four ships this week, it is going to be releasing to customers with a face-unlock safety problem that may apparently stick round for a while. Not like the iPhone’s FaceID (and Google’s earlier face-unlock system on Android four.1), the Pixel four’s face unlock does not search for the person’s eyes, so the cellphone might be pointed at a sleeping or unconscious proprietor and unlocked with out their consent. This weekend, Google stated in a press release repair “might be delivered in a software program replace within the coming months.”
The Pixel four was introduced final week, and as a substitute of together with a fingerprint reader like most Android telephones do, the Pixel four options Google’s newly developed face-unlock system as the one biometric choice. Google is clearly chasing the iPhone right here, and the Pixel four’s face unlock works similar to Apple’s Face ID system: an IR dot projector blasts a grid of invisible dots onto the person’s face, and a digital camera (a pair of cameras, within the case of the Pixel four) reads the person’s face in 3D.
As a part of the numerous pre-release Pixel four leaks, screenshots of pre-release builds of the Pixel four’s software program confirmed an choice to “require eyes to be open.” So we all know Google hasn’t been utterly blindsided by this drawback; the repair simply wasn’t prepared in time for launch. Here is Google’s full assertion on the problem:
We’ve been engaged on an choice for customers to require their eyes to be open to unlock the cellphone, which might be delivered in a software program replace within the coming months. Within the meantime, if any Pixel four customers are involved that somebody could take their cellphone and attempt to unlock it whereas their eyes are closed, they’ll activate a safety characteristic that requires a pin, sample or password for the following unlock. Pixel four face unlock meets the safety necessities as a robust biometric, and can be utilized for funds and app authentication, together with banking apps. It’s resilient in opposition to invalid unlock makes an attempt by way of different means, like with masks.