Chris Fox, writing for BBC News:
On Tuesday, BBC News tested the Face Unlock feature on the new
Pixel 4. Using the default settings, the phone still unlocked if
the user pretended to be asleep. The test was repeated on several
people, with the same result.
It’s right there in Google’s own support document for the Pixel 4: “Your phone can also be unlocked by someone else if it’s held up to your face, even if your eyes are closed.”
Speaking before the launch, Pixel product manager Sherry Lin said:
“They are actually only two face [authorisation] solutions that
meet the bar for being super-secure. So, you know, for payments,
that level — it’s ours and Apple’s.”
Sounds like it’s still only Apple’s, which is now in its third-generation of devices. Biometric authentication is an area where Apple has been, and remains, several years ahead of all its competitors.
★ Thursday, 17 October 2019