Google has decided to give up the fingerprint scanner for advanced facial recognition technology based on an array of four different sensors - but the first evidence does not give us much confidence in the technology
Google's new Pixel 4 they Many contrastsOn the one hand you can find the highest quality OLED screens in the mobile market to date and advanced and unique photo capabilities, but on the other hand their storage volume is modest and somewhat limited, the batteries are also smaller than usual in the field (especially when it comes to the standard Pixel 4 model with The 2,800mAh unit is almost ridiculous) and the lack of wide-angle or 4K60 video capabilities Noticeable drawbacks And undeniable in comparison to all Unlocked Another modern at the same price levels.
Another feature Google has chosen to go against the flow concerns device security - where the back fingerprint scanner of previous Pixel models has been replaced with face recognition technology only, despite the use of OLED technology panels that could allow the use of an 'invisible' biometric sensor built under the screen. The technology giant included an advanced array of sensors On both Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL To ensure a particularly fast, and seemingly reliable face recognition - but while speed is indeed exciting compared to other applications of the technology, the level of security seems to be a slightly different story that casts a shadow over the entire move.
Presently, the face recognition mechanism on thepixel 4 can be desired even when the identified person closes his eyes - and this opens a window for the use of technology to unlock the devices even without the consent and knowledge of the intended user, when he sleeps for example (or even dies, according to a more extreme example given online).
Seemingly, without the use of information about the user's eyes, and without the need for any proof that he is an awake and real person in front of the cameras and not some subtle forgery, there seem to be quite a few potential opportunities to "work" on the system (even if not proven at this stage). Google seems to have no plans to change the mechanism, with a requirement for a wink or any other active gesture from the user. Faster? Definitely - but probably not very sure.
Users who do not like this security gap will not be able to choose another biometric detection mechanism because there are none, but will only be able to opt out of face-recognition for a password-based security mechanism or lock pattern that is not as intuitive or agile as usual. Beyond that, this seems to be another possible disadvantage of the duty Google, It's pretty hard to explain.
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