Google promises to "fix" the face recognition system in Pixel 4. But not now

Google has acknowledged a security problem in the new Pixel 4 smartphones and promises to fix it with


What is the problem

The Face Unlock facial recognition system, which was so praised by company representatives, failed. It is very similar to Face ID in iPhone, that is, it cannot be fooled with a regular photo or video.

But if Face ID requires the user to bewith your eyes open, then Face Unlock will unlock your smartphone even if your eyes are closed. It turns out that anyone can bring the gadget to a sleeping person and gain access to his photos, personal data, correspondence and even banking applications.

At the same time, Pixel 4 also has a recognition systemopen or closed eyes, but for some reason it is not used when unlocking. For example, this system uses the Screen attention function, which does not allow the screen to turn off if the user is looking at the display.

What to do about it

Google responded to the negative reviews and promised to release an update that will correct this “oversight.”

As a result, the owner will choose whether to allow the smartphone to unlock when a face is recognized with eyes closed.

However, it is unlikely that this update will be released promptly - Google promises to release the update “in the coming months.”

In the meantime, users are advised to disable the Face Unlock function and use a PIN code or pattern as usual.