ICS facial recognition already flawed

One of the many features that made me sing praises of the ICS is the facial recognition feature. This feature allows users to lock and unlock their device without using a password. Just a facial capture will do. While this feature is a great one, we can begin to expect that it’s not a perfect improvement on the Android platform yet. Just yesterday, a Galaxy Nexus user out of curiosity tested the facial recognition feature and discovered a lapse.

He discovered that the photograph of the owner of an ICS powered device can actually unlock the phone. He snapped his picture on the new Galaxy Note and pointed it to unlock the Galaxy Nexus. Phiam!!! The Phone unlocks. I thought the feature was programmed to unlock on spotting the face, not a photograph. Well, that’s how we have it on the ICS and the Galaxy Nexus.

ICS facial recognition on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

So, if you’ll be getting the Galaxy Nexus or any other ICS device soon, take note that the facial unlock may just not be the most secured way to unlock your device as earlier anticipated by many.

Here is the link to the video: Ice Cream Sandwich Face Unlock feature compromised

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12 comments

  1. This is a very bad news. Simply means all I need to do is steal your android and a facial pix of you which I can easily find in that wallet stolen ong with the phone. Then I’ll just get access to your security settings, reconfigure your phone and have am done.
    Funny thing, Nokia got this facial unlock thing working properly for their Symbian phones over 3 years ago in their beta lab.

  2. I never expected it to be perfect from day one. It sure looked half baked from day one. Lets up future android releases will solve the problem or drop the whole idea. Its not worth it!

  3. right from day one of the launch with the galaxy nexus, it didnt work as was meant to on the day if the launch.. guess they should be working on an update to correct it

  4. I never liked the idea of the face unlock feature from day one. I couldn’t imagine having to wait for a time it would take for the phone to capture my image and then comparing it against the image already stored in the phone.

    @deoladoctor

    I never liked the idea of the face unlock feature from day one. I couldn’t imagine having to wait for a time it would take for the phone to capture my image and then comparing it against the image already stored in the phone.

    @deoladoctor

    …Funny thing, Nokia got this facial unlock thing working properly for their Symbian phones over 3 years ago in their beta lab .

    I guess Google Lab also got this working in their lab before including it in ICS. This has shown that real life usage could quite different from lab results, probably the reason Nokia never included it in their OS.

  5. @Echemco

    The Nokia lab was encouraging members to download items then. I am was a member but didn’t download it at the time cos I had started getting fed up with Nokia then. Am sure it was working well for those who downloaded it then and am sure it will still be available for download if Nokia has not done away with the beta lab.

  6. I am not really interested in facial recognition of a thing, but I believe an update will correct the flaw. Keenly waiting for ICS update for my SGSII, hope it comes early enough.

  7. I presume the Galaxy Note camera is so good the Galaxy Nexus was deceived. lol

    But seriously, we knew this will certainly happen.

  8. @deoladoctor

    The Nokia lab was encouraging members to
    download items then. I am was a member
    but didn ’t download it at the time cos I had
    started getting fed up with Nokia then. Am
    sure it was working well for those who
    downloaded it then and am sure it will still be
    available for download if Nokia has not done
    away with the beta lab.

    I rather think that it never worked satisfactorily otherwise it would have been mainstream. I can’t imagine such a thing existing without Eye.bee.kay mentioning it here for once. we would have also seen it in newer Symbian devices if it had worked so well.

  9. @Echemco

    You may have a point there.
    About EyeBeeKay, I wonder…
    He never mentioned it. But am sure he would be aware unless he never signed into the lab for beta apps and trial apps which is unlikely.

  10. some how I was never really excited about the face unlock feature. I guess google was just in a hurry to pull off something that can snap attention just like the IPhone 4s siri.

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