Google says they’ll fix the security of the Pixel 4’s facial unlock in the next few months


Google brought a new form of facial recognition to the Pixel 4, allowing users to unlock their device with a scan of their face. That’s generally a more secure way to handle device unlocking, at least compared to a fingerprint scanner, even if it’s a little less convenient.

But there’s a catch; it was pretty quickly discovered that the facial unlock of the Pixel 4 still works, even if you’re asleep, dead, or otherwise incapacitated. We probably don’t need to explain why that’s a security problem.

Google has fortunately noticed the issue, and said they’re working on a fix for the problem in the next few months. Earlier, leaked builds of the Pixel 4 seemed to have a toggle that would require attention for face unlock, but that’s currently missing in the phone’s current software. Google plans on going back, finishing that feature, and deploying it in a software update. Probably should have just done that to begin with, but hey, at least we know something’s in the works.

So if you decide to get a Pixel 4 early, just remember to be careful with your security for a few months. Maybe use a passcode instead of any biometrics until that update rolls in.

via: Android Police


Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo’s Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.




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