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    Google says it will fix Pixel 4 face unlock feature

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    Last week, Google unveil Pixel 4 with tons of new features in New York City. During the event, Google has unveiled its new security feature which is the face unlock feature. According to Google, the face unlocks features works very fast. However, it works even your eyes are closed.

    This causes a security issue, where anyone can unlock your Pixel 4 when you are asleep. Now, Google has responded that it is working an option to require its users to open their eyes in order to unlock the phone. If you have pre-order the Pixel 4, the option is not coming anytime soon. Google will be working on this feature and will be rolled out via software update in the coming months.

    Here’s the statement from Google spokesperson:

    We’ve been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone, which will be delivered in a software update in the coming months. In the meantime, if any Pixel 4 users are concerned that someone may take their phone and try to unlock it while their eyes are closed, they can activate a security feature that requires a pin, pattern or password for the next unlock. Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps. It is resilient against invalid unlock attempts via other means, like with masks.

    Back to the classic pin, pattern and password feature

    Meanwhile waiting for Google to unveil this option, Google has suggested its users use the Lockdown feature. This is the classic security feature where you can set pin, pattern or password to unlock your phone. According to The Verge, Pixel 4 has already a feature called Screen Attention. This feature turns off your phone screen when it detects your eyes are not looking at the phone else it will be on. Google could have used this feature for the Face Unlock too, but why it didn’t use it? That’s still questionable.

    In conclusion, Pixel 4 will be officially going for sale on October 24 onwards. However, there isn’t any news about whether Google will launch Pixel 4 in Malaysia any time soon. Until now, even the Pixel 3 is not launched in Malaysia yet. So if you are looking to order one for yourself, you can order it via Lazada or any other e-commerce platforms.

    Raaj Lokanathan
    Raaj Lokanathan
    A software engineer as a profession. A tech blogger as a passion.

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