Google To Fix Pixel 4 Face Unlock That Works Even When Eyes Are Shut

Posted: Oct 21 2019, 5:07am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2019, 5:10am CDT , in Technology News

 

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Google to fix Pixel 4 face unlock that works even when eyes are shut

Pixel 4 phones are at risk of being unlocked when owners are asleep.

Just days after reports emerged of a security flaw involving Google's newest flagship phone, the Pixel 4, the tech giant has immediately promised to fix the bug, but said it could take "months."

Google unveiled the Pixel 4 on Tuesday, October 15, and two days later, BBC News reported that the phone's face unlock feature works even when the user's eyes are closed. This

BBC reported Chris Fox even demonstrated how it works:

Now, Google has issued a statement to The Verge, saying: "We’ve been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months."

While the company works to resolve the issue, Google said Pixel 4 users who are concerned that someone may take their phone and unlock it while their eyes are closed such as when they are sleeping, may opt to activate any other security feature such as a pin, pattern or password.

"Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps. It is resilient against invalid unlock attempts via other means, like with masks," Google added.

When the Pixel 4 was unveiled last week, Google boasted its revolutionary radar technology that allowed users to wave their hand above the screen without touching their phones to skip songs, silence a phone call or snooze their alarm.

At the time, Google said face unlock is even better with the Pixel 4 as it is now enhanced by Motion Sensor that users can easily unlock their phone, make payments and get into apps by simply looking at their device.

On its support page, Google has listed some important things that users who opt for face unlock have to consider. Google said the phone unlocks when a user looks at their phone even when they don't intend to unlock it; or when someone who looks a lot like the user, such as a sibling, tries to open it via face unlock; or by someone who holds the phone up to the owner's face even if the owner's eyes are closed.

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