In order not to be overwhelmed with Apple's Face ID, Google is equipping its upcoming fourth-generation Pixel phones with face recognition technology so all you need is this charming mug to access your device. And like its competitor, Google still looks developing kinks . Unlocking your Pixel 4 may be a little too easy; obviously you can do it with your eyes closed.
Google confirmed this to BBC News on Friday after one of commercials on Chris Fox shared a video of himself unlocking Pixel 4 while pretending to be asleep and / or dead . While Google has not paid attention to this aspect of its new Face Unlock feature in any of Pixel 4's ads or demonstrations so far it gives enough concern to earn disclaimer on the page Phone Support : "Your phone can be unlocked by anyone else if it holds up to your face, even if your eyes are closed."
What's their great Galactic Brain tip? "Keep your phone in a safe place, " the support page continues . Thanks, Google. Android also has a option lock option which disables the device's biometric access so the only way to sign in is with a PIN .
Still, it's more than a little worrying to think of a roommate or partner – damn it, even one kid by accident (or not; Fortnite skins skins don't exactly grow trees edges) —can you crack your phone while snoozing especially after Google's is confident enough in protecting the face unlock feature that you can enable payments and access the applications with it.
To be clear, Apple's Facial Identifier can do all this too, but by default, requires you to prove that you are "on the alert", i.e. take a look at the device before giving it you are quite clear about accessing it. Of course, you can always disable this additional security measure through the settings menu .
It does not appear that this is surveillance because is one of many, many, many pixel 4 leaks showed a setting in the face unlock menu, labeled, "R equire eyes open." So either Google threw it away as a unnecessary precaution or has not yet perfected it since this option it will not be available on the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL when it will be released next week. The company told BBC News .
However, even with this alarming feature, Google seems stable confident in the security of its face unlock feature. "They are really just two people authorizing solutions that fit the bar to be super secure. So, you know that for payments this level – is ours and Apple, ”Pixel Product Manager Sherry Lynn told the BBC.
Google did not immediately respond to Gizmodo's request for comment, but I suspect that any statement they ultimately provide will look something like t his comment, which his spokesman said, The Verge :
“We have nothing specific to announce in terms of future features or time, but like most of our products, this feature has been created to improve over time with future software updates. "
Until then, I suspect that Pixel 4 users will just have to take precautions to avoid data traps for people coming for them while they sleep. S omeone got me by R. L. Stein: I have his next 21st Century story on Goosebumps.