Published: Tue, October 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Google Pixel 4 Software Update To Bring Eye Detection For Face Unlock

Google Pixel 4 Software Update To Bring Eye Detection For Face Unlock

While Google's confirmation is a good sign, there's also a caveat - the option may take a few months to be delivered.

These options didn't scan a three-dimensional model of your face, so could be tricked by photographs or prerecorded videos of your face.

First published at October 18, 4:32 a.m. PT. Updated at October 21, 3:12 a.m. PT: Adds Google's statement about a patch.

Unlike the new Pixels, Apple's iPhones have a toggle for this, allowing you to set whether you want the phone to require your attention - meaning your eyes have to be open and looking at the screen - or not. Google has acknowledged the issue and says an Eyes open feature is coming soon.

As previously reported last week, users found that the Face Unlock feature on Google's Pixel 4 devices worked even with their eyes closed.

The operating system warns users that "your phone can be unlocked by someone else if it's held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed".

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Google didn't provide a specific rollout schedule beyond "in the coming months".

There's another security feature that helps remedy this. Google says anyone who is anxious about the security implications of users being able to unlock your phone while you're not looking can enable a PIN or password instead.

In the meantime, if you are concerned about Pixel 4's Face Unlock flaw, Google recommends you to activate pin, pattern or password for the phone unlock.

Google has said it will update its new Pixel 4 phones to prevent them being unlocked using the sleeping faces of their owners.

"The tech company recommends storing the phone in a front pocket or a handbag and in what it calls" unsafe situations" Google recommends turning off face unlock entirely. Either that or start using the lockdown feature at the link above.

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