News by Dan Seifert on Thursday March 29, 2012.
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Face Unlock was one of the attention grabbing features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich when it was announced last year. It's a neat concept, but even Google admits that it can be easily fooled with a photograph of the user. Samsung, however, has improved the tool with a new blink detection feature that should make it much more difficult to fool with a picture.
Samsung added Face Unlock to the Galaxy S with its Value Pack update that was released earlier today, but it went further than just copying the feature from Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company added blink detection, which requires the user to blink his or her eyes during the facial recognition part of Face Unlock. The idea here is that by blinking, the user proves that a real person is attempting to unlock their phone.
It should still be noted that the Face Unlock feature in Samsung's updated Galaxy S is still likely not the most secure way to lock your phone, and, in theory, it could be fooled by a video image. However, Samsung's implementation is an improvement over Google's design, and makes the Face Unlock slightly less gimmicky. [via SlashGear]
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