Google Pixel 4 to Get a Fix for Face Unlock Flaw ‘In the Coming Months’

Google Pixel 4 to Get a Fix for Face Unlock Flaw 'In the Coming Months'

Google Pixel 4 can be unlocked even when users aren’t actively looking at it or have their eyes closed

  • Google has released a statement pertaining the eye detection flaw
  • It confirms the software update for the Pixel 4
  • Google claims the face unlock feature “meets security requirements”


  • Google Pixel 4


  • Google Pixel 4 XL


Google Pixel 4, the new flagship by the search giant, is set to receive a software update that will fix the eye detection flaw on its face unlock feature. Similar to the latest iPhone models, the Pixel 4 carries a series of sensors to enable face unlocking in place a traditional fingerprint support. The feature, however, was recently spotted having a flaw that allow a person to unlock the phone even when they aren’t actively looking at the phone or have their eyes closed.

Google has confirmed that the Pixel 4 would receive a software update “in the coming months” that will fix the face unlock flaw that was reported last week.

“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,” the company said in a statement, as quoted by The Verge.

Unlike many Android smartphones that offer face unlock using the selfie camera, the Pixel 4 uses sensors including an infrared (IR) sensor and a Dot projector to enable face unlocking — just like the latest iPhone system. Google has claimed that the hardware “meets the security requirements as a strong biometric, and can be used for payments and app authentication, including banking apps.”


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