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Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock duped using a photograph

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Ice Cream Sandwich's Face Unlock duped using a photograph - read the full textEver since Google announced the new Face Unlock feature in Ice Cream Sandwich, people have been concerned about whether it can be fooled using just a photograph of the user instead of the actual face. One of Google's employees himself commented on this saying "Nope" and to give them some credit....


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Face recognition is not really that of a security. It is more of a bling like what they did with Lenovo's face recognition login. It can easily be faked by a picture EVERYTIME.

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  • 2011-11-15 06:28
  • KcVB

If you lose your phine how do the people who find it know what you look like or who you are?I dont get it.If you lend it to a friend then you dont care if thwy unlock it as youve guven them permission to use ot.Whats all the fuss its a nice feature and if you dobt like it use a good old pin code simple as!Too many people trying to diss good ideas.

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  • 2011-11-14 16:04
  • 0Fc%

I thought it was obvious that this is possible. The only thing is (as with the face unlock on laptops for the last 5 years) if you turn up security it only unlocks from an exact angle of your face... so if someone took a picture of you from the exact ange the phone did when you were holding it then yes.. it will unlock.. if its slightly from an angle it wont unlock...

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  • 2011-11-14 15:58
  • AEhV

I cant believe how many Trolls are here. The unlock was not a security feature, its an alternative to unlocking. i find the htc circle lock annoying, the screen off and the slide unlock, boring.

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  • 2011-11-14 12:30
  • ftb}

Was pretty obvious that you could overcome the Face Unlock this way, no?

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  • 2011-11-14 11:05
  • x8pQ

I don't understand what the big deal is about this feature. THis is not the first time that this feature is being used on a product. A lot of laptops / netbooks had this before. Look, if it's not so secured, then use a different lock instead. Or just don't implement this at all. It's not like the world will stop functioning the moment we don't get to have this.

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  • 2011-11-14 10:56
  • 2AmS

> In reply to v e z @ 2011-11-13 15:26 from uWxA - click to readshouldve shown it in the vid for reliability... i too can redlabel things

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  • 2011-11-14 10:49
  • LYPb

> In reply to aodxxl @ 2011-11-13 20:38 from 0Uv3 - click to readHow about somehow remotely switching on the speaker and secretly litening in. :D

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  • 2011-11-14 10:33
  • X3Yj

this is T3 website, who actually give fair reviews and biased iphone loving ones like gsm.

"The one feature everyone will want to try however is Face Unlock. By using the front-facing camera the Galaxy Nexus can recognise the owner and then unlock the phone.

It's an incredibly neat feature, however as pointed out to us by Google, is also a very low security feature, so can be still be bypassed, that said, it's an impressive showcase of the technology that's inside the Nexus."

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  • 2011-11-14 10:06
  • Tkhi

> In reply to toysoldier07 @ 2011-11-14 08:50 from 9xB@ - click to readsiri wouldnt work in noisy places.

Anyway, google said that this wasnt a secure way of locking your phone (even gsm reported that) funny thing is that if this was apple related gsm wouldnt report as they only seem to report good things on the iphone like their fan boy reviews

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  • 2011-11-14 09:43
  • Tkhi

It us abvious that android is a bogus OS and Google coming to the part Google
1) Search engine is good it actually traces the location
2) Email hacks the mail
3) Orkut hacks Photos and videos
4) Android Os Hacks complete personal details on cell phone
5) Google+ till now it is mistry
crap Os..

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  • 2011-11-14 08:59
  • utb6

Personally all this new technology is just going to constantly increase the end cost of mobile phones, i mean they can cost upto £500 unlocked!!! Now that Siri has been invented like one comment said, its made the user lazy. I cant wait for the new software to come out, as if my experia arc isn't already amazing

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  • 2011-11-14 08:56
  • mX1L

it woulnt work on dark places,. boo this!

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  • 2011-11-14 08:50
  • 9xB@

> In reply to TruthSeekr @ 2011-11-14 07:46 from tRnj - click to readEither way, man. You never know. LOL

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  • 2011-11-14 08:26
  • qbY{

and? what if the phone's screen can be unlocked with a photo?
Is not like an authentication problem; is just an alternative unlock, so I don't see the point of this "news".

... sometimes I really have the feeling that gsmarena is on the apple's payroll ...

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  • 2011-11-14 08:24
  • MD@t

old tech not innovation :p

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  • 2011-11-14 07:57
  • PRWV

So do you think it's a nice feature? well, "Face Unlock" apps is months ago in the Nokia store before Google announced it! Don't be lame!

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  • 2011-11-14 07:50
  • yswE

maybe they should replace it by finger print lock ^_^

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  • 2011-11-14 07:47
  • t7AY

> In reply to joonius @ 2011-11-14 05:49 from qbY{ - click to readLOL! by "turned on" I hope you only meant 'switched on'.

The last thing we need is for a phone to get turned on by people.

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  • 2011-11-14 07:46
  • tRnj

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2011-11-14 06:36 from QY3K - click to readThese kind of features are worse than useless because they give the user a false sense of security. There is no way regular face-detection algorithms can separate a face from picture since they work on flat 2D image. only workable solutions are two separate cameras to get 3D or taking video while moving the camera. Those need either more hardware or really fancy algorithms. Can't really see either happening.

I doubt the fingerprint sensor on Atrix is much better either. I remember a Myth busters episode where they fooled a bunch of expensive sensors with basically a fingerprint printed on a paper.

Well at least we are not putting pics of our fingerprints on Facebook.

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  • 2011-11-14 06:54
  • nmPB

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