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Yikes, I hope this is something Google fixes in Face Unlock before Galaxy Nexus ships (if carriers even dare enable it at launch)

Edit: Yes, he did program the phone with his face, not a picture
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Note he says "I programmed the Nexus to recognise my picture ". He said picture. It's unclear whether he set up the Face Lock with his actual face or with the picture on the Note. Until he clarifies, or we get a video of someone setting up the FaceLock properly, I'm going to take this video with a lump of salt.
+Danny Holyoake Indeed.

And anyways, if someone knows what you look like when they take your device. . . And they take or find a picture of you that matches up enough to unlock said device. . . .
till i have the Galaxy Nexus in my hands, this the youtube video is MUTE to me. Plus the FACE UNLOCK is experimental and you can use a 2-step verification to access your phone both face unlock and password
I kinda thought that would happen, but what if you make an ugly face would that work as protection? Hmmmmmm
And what would the solution to fix this be? Without integrating biometrics into smartphones security is pretty limited at the moment for access.
i remember google saying this is a LOW security feature, use it at ur own risk.
Yeah, I'm not giving up on this concept because of this video...... Even if it is possible, it's still more convenient than any of the other unlock methods possible this side of my Motorola Atrix 4G! I really hope the Atrix isn't the first and last phone with the fingerprint scanner!
If a random guy on the street grabs your phone, he won't exactly know what you look like, or have a picture.
It's a cool feature and chances are most people won't have your picture. I don't see it being a problem. If your that worried don't use the face unlock option.
As a sidenote - is anyone else impressed by just how quickly it unlocks? Before, I just saw this as something that would take way too long to work, but all the videos show it happening rather quickly.

I imagine real-world experience might alter that, though. It's probably always in perfect-light conditions.
Google should add a blood analyzer to combine it with face unlock. That should do it.
I personally probably won't use it, because most of the time I'm in low lit rooms where I think the camera will have a hard time focusing anyways.
Just like mirroring our countries issues it's a constant battle for technology for Freedom and ease vs Security. Create the security software, refine it, maybe even market some devices such as biometrics that users can buy on the side but in the end keep letting the user decide.

Hmmm...thought just occurred to me. An expensive solution would be to include an IR camera. Every individual has a distinct heat signature.
IDK maybe Take your pic with the camera upside down
+Marci Neighbors - That is actually an excellent idea, if it works that way. Not only do they have to get past the facial recognition, but they have to know at which angle you were holding the phone when you took the picture.
I would like to know if he setup the face unlock with his actual face or from the Note?
I'd like to see him unlock my Atrix 4G with a picture of my fingerprint.
And btw +Android Police ... if this is the stuff you are reporting I'm not sure if I want to follow you anymore. Let's do at least a little research before fear mongering.
It was already confirmed that face-unlock would work with printed pictures and images. Come on guys, this has a 1.3 MP FFC, it's not going to do a retina scan...
As if it was ever going to be secure, it's a 2D image. If you ever thought that this was going to stop anyone getting into your phone, you should probably go and buy an iPhone.
A) Face unlock is not a security feature. It's as secure as pattern unlock. At most it will protect you from someone making unauthorized calls for a short while.
B) If the thief with nefarious purposes knows who he is stealing from and is targeting you, then you are screwed anyway. Physical possession of the device by a technically proficient person will in most cases result in them getting you the data on the device. Case in point, the ease with which iPhone hardware encryption is bypassed.
C) Stop calling it as a compromised feature. Now if the face unlock used the facial patterns to (en/de)crypt data - then it would be compromised.
Has google said what would happen if you set your face lock, then got slashed in the face or a black eye?
Wow yeah the guy even said he set it up with the pic. So of course it will work. Let's see it set up with a real face then try and unlock with a pic I bet it won't work. So this video is pointless.
This is not real biometric measurement, and is not meant as a security feature. It's a quicker alternative to the usual slider, really (and that is apparently available too at all times, if Face unlock would fail for whatever reason). If you want actual security you need a password or other real protection.
+sean barker you would think a person at this kind of event would understand that by inference.... SUCH SPIN
My Atrix has the fingerprint scanner, the Atrix 2 doesn't have it. I wish more phones actually used that thing, it's awesome!
+Mario II Valenzuela I don't know if you're joking or serious, but the cut-and-dry answer is that it wouldn't matter. You have to set at least a pattern-lock before setting a face-lock, and even if you forget your pattern, you always have the option of logging in with your Gmail password, and you can reset that too...etc.
+Dan Buchal I saw the comments on YouTube, but I believe unless he's a total idiot that he didn't program it with his picture and originally used his face. It's easy to misspeak while shooting a video at an event.
i think it is better if they add voice unlock not just face unlock. these two security features would be awesoooome! :D
+Android Police I didn't make that comment... My comment is that this story is complete and utter fear mongering. My video shows that anyone who enables this feature and expects security lacks the ability to read.
And in your most recent video where he is setting it up it shows multiple warnings about it not being secure.. Go back and watch your own video
You know, this was something I was curious about when they debuted this. Glad to know this flaw is possible, and hopefully it's fixed.
+Dan Buchal Lol, it says "Low Security, Experimental". I never saw that before. Actually, all the security options are listed in order of security, with slide to unlock as "none" and password as "high". Face-unlock could really be useful if you leave it in public location, where no one knows what you look like or has a picture of you.
People... it doesn't need to be "fixed". It's not broken. Can it be improved upon...sure, but that is not the point
+Dan Buchal Was responding to a comment about fear mongering and lack of research. I said nothing about it not being a low-security feature - it is, at least at this stage. The guy scanned his face and used a picture - that's the only thing being shared here.
+Android Police ok...then why don't you remove this from your original post "if carriers even dare enable it at launch"
FWIW, the pattern unlock is even more insecure - all you have to do is tilt the phone and look at the pattern, chances are it'll be visible.
Yup... that is certainly possible if you don't clean your screen regularly, but let's not pretend this is some shocking revelation.
Dan, you can never predict what these crazy US carriers will do...
+Danial Samy I am serious. When I hear about something that uses facial recognition I always wonder how much apparent "change" would be required to trip it up. For instance, if it was set up to recognize how I looked when clean shaven, and decided to stop shaving how many days would pass before it fails to recognize me.
+Mario II Valenzuela The recognition is not actually based entirely on facial appearance, but rather the geometry of the face (location of eyes, ears, nose, size, etc). This is how Google uses "Funny Faces", predicting where your ears/nose/eyes are to enlarge them. Now, a Castaway shave will probably trip it up, but I don't think it will forget you after you forget your razor for a week.
Andy Rubins said at The All Things D Asia (?) event after the launch that you could use a picture to unlock the phone & you should use a password if your priority is security .
The app Visidon Applock which is the same feature to lock/unlock specific applications has been out there on market from June. I have already raised the same issue regarding picture unlock issue with them. But, till now there is no fix from them yet.
"Yikes, I hope this is something Google fixes in Face Unlock before Galaxy Nexus ships (if carriers even dare enable it at launch)" How do you fix a feature? lol

I remember reading that this should not be possible, this is a conspiracy! lol
I don't see face unlock as a security feature rather than a feature to unlock the phone without using a slider. Making this safe would require a lot of work which Google probably doesn't want to invest. For me this is an alternative to the unlock matrix. It stops access to the phone for idiots but someone with multiple braincells can easily get around it. Want to make your phone safe? Lock it with a pass phrase.
not a problem, the purpose of face unlock is to protect your phone if it is stolen. I doubt the thief will take the time to take a picture of your face.
+Alexander Sitte lol,excellent point... to me it seems like a very poor gimmick. I was really surprised at their choice of that face unlock thingie ...
+Tomi Golob I don't think it's a poor gimmick. I have tried the Visidon AppLock ( and must say it is a neat way to lock stuff. People should just be aware, that this method for locking is not meant to be super secure like an iris scanner. It is merely there to prevent some scum robber from using your phone until you can lock it remotely. It is not there to protect from planned data theft (e.g. the Thief knows you and wants to get your Data).

Edit: I don't remeber this feature being advertised as the new maximum security measure of Android 4.0. This is just what the media made out of it imho.
+Alexander Sitte you have a good argument ,but still...I mean,this can't be the best thing they are capable. Besides it doesn't work flawlessly yet (yes yes,patience - I know and understand that ,but still...). Maybe it's just me who was a problem with these things...maybe because it reminds me of Nintendo DSiWare crappy camera implementation in dsiware games ;)

All hail ICS!
I thought about using a pic to unlock this when I first saw it demoed. It uses a camera not a biometric scanner, so it makes sense that this would work with images taken with other cameras. I'm not too concerned with it though. I think this was probably designed for the people that typically use the basic lock screen (without a pin or pattern). If you need the security use one of the other options. I still think it's a pretty cool feature.
If you're really concerned about someone else getting into your phone, that's what other unlock methods are for. This is just another option. The way I see it, the methods are for different levels of security. If you don't care, the normal unlock is fine. If you don't want strangers to get into your phone, the face unlock is fine. If someone doesn't know who you are, they wouldn't have a picture of you, and couldn't unlock the device. If you don't want anyone in, you can use the unlock pattern, or password, password being more secure than the pattern. The Face Unlock feature is not meant to be a biometric security system. It's just a cool way to unlock your phone.
I'm not sure why it wouldn't, or why this is surprising. At best it could be made to make sure the face it's analyzing isn't absolutely unchanging. "Holding still" is almost certainly not "holding photograph still". I'm betting our eyes and mouth move in subtle waysmore than we'd guess.

Still, this was probably intended as, and should be used as a "don't have to swipe" feature and not a security feature.
When such features were added to laptops with front-facing webcams, it took no time for ppl to figure out that printing and showing a photo of a person was adequate to unlock. Calling this a "security feature" would be an overstatement.
It was never called a security feature, nor was it meant to be. It's just another method.
+Lance Miller AFAIK it was presented on par with pins and patterns at the introduction. An alternative, but a very insecure one. Just emphasising the fact that this needs to be differentiated from the other methods.
+Viðar Thorlaksson as myself and others have commented they do differentiate it. When you activate it it clearly states this is a low security and experimental feature. It also lists the other methods of locking the phone and their relative security.
This is just a basic security feature. Just to keep prying eyes away. Did anyone ever think this was a dod level security?
Face unluck is usefull for parent to prevent childrend to play with their phone. it is the only use for this feature.
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