This is sure to trigger privacy advocates instantly as the face unlock feature on Google’s latest flagship Pixel 4 reportedly allows access even if your eyes are closed.
If a face unlock system allows access without the eyes open, it potentially allows anyone, from your kid to your kidnapper, use your phone without permission.
As Cnet reports, the feature settings ‘require eyes to be open’, however, some review units do not show the message.
However, Google said that Pixel 4 face unlock is a strong biometric and that it couldn’t be fooled by masks, adding that users could choose to use a PIN code instead of face unlock.
Recently, after months of prediction, Google finally launched its next-in-line Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL flagship smartphones at its Made by Google event in New York. However, it is not available in India.
Pixel 4— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 15, 2019
3200×1800 90Hz display
Dual cameras – NO ULTRAWIDE
Radar sensors for faster face unlock
Improved Google Assistant
Shipping October 24th
Starting at $799/$899 for 4/4XL pic.twitter.com/fbIIIKGVL4
Moreover, Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL boast the company’s largest camera upgrade yet, featuring two rear cameras including a telephoto lens.
Most noteworthy, the motion sense feature in the new Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL uses a miniature radar sensor to detect users’ movements.
Pixel 4 can sense when you are reaching for the phone and intuitively initiate face unlock.
On 9th October 2018, Google launched its flagship smartphones Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, announcing that it will now offer its new phones in 13 countries, including Japan, Ireland, Taiwan, and France.
A Google spokesperson said that they decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. Google has a wide range of products that they make available in different regions around the world.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were launched after a week’s time in India.