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Android Face Unlock Feature Fails

Face Unlock is a new security feature introduced by Google in its latest Android version 4.0 (codenamed as Ice Cream Sandwich). This feature enables the Android-powered handset owners to unlock their devices with face recognition capabilities. However, a recent video from SoyaCincau.com reveals that the Android device can be unlocked using the photo of the owner.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Both Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus was launched in Hong Kong last month. At that time, security concerns were raised to by few people suggesting that an owner’s photo can easily bypass the security feature, which were rejected by Google saying Face Unlock feature cannot be hacked by Photo.


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The lead developer of popular Android aftermarket firmware CyanogenMod, Koushik Dutta (aka Koush) said that “the face recognition unlock thing is really easily hackable. Show it a photo.” However, Google’s Android-focused Developer Advocate Tim Bray quickly responded to the statement saying that “people should give the search giant some credit.”

In a recent Samsung event, SoyaCincau recorded a video to reveal how a photo can bypass the Android’s latest Face Unlock feature. Both Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note were on display in the event. A photo was taken on the Note and Galaxy Nexus was used to recognize the face. Surprisingly, the Face Unlock feature was bypassed three times to unlock Galaxy Nexus. Video given at the end will give you a better idea.

The creator of the video claimed that he programmed the feature to recognize his face just before recording the video. The authenticity of his claim is still not clear though.

However, if the Android’s Face Unlock feature is defeated in real, then the Android-powered device owners must have to look for additional security measures particularly if their devices are running Ice Cream Sandwich to ensure the protection of important data.

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