Pixel 4 Face Unlock Works If You're Asleep (or Not Alive)

Joanna Estrada
October 19, 2019

During its presentation, the search engine claimed that its Face Unlock, one of the device's primary security feature, is one of the world's fastest facial recognition technology. Android's Face Unlock still has more room for improvement.

In the recent past, the tech giant added facial expressions to Android security. It also introduced iris scanning support.

Take outstanding dog photos with a new phone from Amazon.ca, because you can get the Google Pixel 3 XL with 64GB of storage for $612.23 (regularly $1129.00) with free shipping, for a total savings of $516.77! There is no fingerprint reader on the Pixel 4, so face unlock is the only biometric option. You could also lift a person's finger and put it on a fingerprint reader, but at least you have to touch the victim to do that.

The reasons why Google removed the feature are unknown, but it could be that the option either didn't work (didn't recognize when eyes were closed or open) or it had a high rate of false positives (it worked, but with errors).

When T-Mobile launched the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 earlier this year, it said that the new phones won't support RCS messaging, and it looks like that'll be the case with the Pixel 4, too.

The Face Unlock is indeed effective. Once the device is confident it's you, it unlocks and allows you to access the operating system.

We like the idea of a speedy Face Unlock but it does the job even when you don't intend to. Instead, Google itself has warned users that their Pixel 4 can be unlocked even when their eyes are closed or if someone holds it in their face without them knowing. "And they will continue to improve Face Unlock over time" it said in a statement. I, being a OnePlus 7 Pro user, can tell you that the 90Hz display leaves a great impression on the eye, scrolling is just buttery smooth and while these factors are going to differentiate the new Pixels from its rivals, the upgrade in the screen refresh rate, in my opinion, is only going to hurt the sales, particularly of the Pixel 4.

Google recommends users uncomfortable with this familiarize themselves with Lockdown mode, a feature that disables all biometric unlock options until you authenticate with the backup method.

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