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Google Confirms ‘Face Unlock’ Can’t Be Hacked with Photos

The Samsung-Google event brought with it many surprises. The major part of the event was the launch of most expected Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 4.0, codenamed as Ice Cream Sandwich. The new mobile operating system from Google comes with several new features, improvements and services.

Face Unlock Feature

The one more prominent feature of Android 4.0 is ‘Face Unlock’. This feature receives a lot of attention from the Google’s fan. The Face Unlock is face-recognition software created by PittPatt – a Pittsburgh-based company purchased by Google earlier this year. The new security feature, the Face Unlock is designed and implemented by the PiitPatt. The feature smartly matches particular parts of the device owner’s face to unlock the device.

With the announcement of new Face Unlock feature, many people began to fall upon the new feature to insist that the new security feature can easily be bypassed by offering a photo of the owner to the locked Android handset.


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Some similar remarks were given by the lead developer of popular Android aftermarket firmware CyanohenMod, Koushik Dutta (Koush) in one of his tweet: “the face recognition unlock thing is really easily hackable. Show it a photo.”

Koush Bray

Like many others, the Android-focused Developer Advocate Tim Bray also read Koush’s tweet and quickly reacted to say that this is not true as the security feature presented by search giant is not something easily bypassed.

For now, we can assume that what Google claiming is right and we should not be worried about the rumors suggesting that an owner’s photo can easily bypass the security check and unlocked the phone. Looking at the history of search giant, we can say that Google must have designed a powerful security feature that can help many Android owners.

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