Google’s made a puzzling choice with Pixel 4’s face unlock feature

Google’s made a puzzling choice with Pixel 4’s face unlock feature

Additionally, there doesn't seem to be a "require eyes to open" options upon the feature's settings, which could be unsettling for future owners of the Pixel 4. The problem is, the security feature might be a little too effective. It's more secure, but it makes the iPhone harder to unlock using Face ID.

In the recent past, the tech giant added facial expressions to Android security. Today, the Pixel 4 comes with a more advanced Face Unlock. In addition to this, you can buy the Pixel 4 from all major USA carriers for the first time.

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).

Still, if you're really anxious about security on the Pixel 4, or any phone for that matter, nothing seems to beat the good old-fashioned PIN or passcode.

It is worth to mention that the new smartphones have no fingerprint reader. When a Pixel user starts to reach for his phone, the movement is detected by the Soli chip and Face unlock is turned on.

If you've ever seen the navigation app on your phone going haywire and seemingly teleporting you across space and time, location inaccuracies are likely to blame. That's something you don't want to happen because you're offering your device to prying eyes.

Google told BBC that "Face Unlock could not be fooled by photos or masks, however". In a statement to Engadget, a Google spokesperson said Clip users will continue to get support until December 2021, but the company will not release any updates to Clips devices after that. Google reportedly told the broadcaster it wouldn't be available for the Pixel 4's October 24 launch.

The BBC's Chris Fox tested Face unlock on a Pixel 4 and discovered that it will open the phone even if the owner is asleep. New phones were the big story, but they also brought us a new Chromebook, upgraded Nest Mini, upgraded mesh WiFi system, and showed off their first true wireless earbuds that will arrive at some point next year.

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