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Bank of America and Barclays US are the latest banks to support face unlock on the Pixel 4

The Google Pixel 4 comes with a brand-new face unlock mechanism that relies on a revised API, meaning that apps that support fingerprint authentication won't automatically work with your face, too. A few companies already reacted and updated their apps with the new biometrics API, and following the latest release of its mobile banking application, we can now count Bank of America and Barclays US in on these.

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1Password updated to support face unlock on the Pixel 4

The popular password manager 1Password can now take full advantage of face unlock on the Pixel 4. Since the phone doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, 1Password users didn't have that easy and secure method for unlocking their passwords. But now that it supports face unlock, it's back to being easy.

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The Pixel 4 hides lock screen notifications, but you can re-enable them

The Pixel 4 and 4 XL make significant changes to how you unlock your phone. The venerable fingerprint sensor is gone, replaced by Google's fancy face unlock system. It works pretty well, but Google prioritizes fast unlocking over everything else. That means (among other things) you can't interact with lock screen notifications. So... Google hides them. If you don't like that behavior, there are some alternatives.

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Enpass and Bitwarden allow authentication using Pixel 4’s face unlock

Google’s newest pair of flagships did away with a rear-facing fingerprint reader in favor of a more sophisticated face unlock. Password manager apps fall under the category that can benefit the most from its added security (arguable), and they’re indeed leading the way. Taking a cue from Lastpass, Enpass and Bitwarden have now joined the small list of password managers that support Pixel 4’s biometric authentication.

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[Update: Fix in coming months] Pixel 4's face unlock works when your eyes are closed

Google has switched from a fingerprint reader to an Apple-style "face unlock" system on its new Pixel 4, but it seems that Google may not have taken the same extra steps when it comes to customer security and privacy that Apple did. While the iPhone (by default) needs you to have your eyes open for Face ID to work in what it calls an "attention" requirement, Google's system is happy to unlock your phone even with your eyes closed.

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Pixel 4's face unlock is secure, fast, and works from any orientation

Using your face to unlock your smartphone has been around a long time on Android, and it's used by many for its convenience over typing in a PIN or a password. With the right amount of lighting, it can even be almost as fast as fingerprint unlocking. Android's face unlock has suffered from some embarrassing mishaps, though, such as being fooled by a fake head or even just a regular 2D photo of your face. With the Pixel 4, Google is upping its game when it comes to face unlock security and speed. In addition to being secure enough now to process payments and log into apps, the Pixel 4 can recognize your face from any orientation, even upside down, and it does so very quickly.

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Pixel 4's Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and next-generation Assistant featured in leaked marketing footage

At this point in the Pixel 4 timeline, we're just about one leaked schematic shy of 3D printing a handset of our own. We've already seen the official press images. We've gotten a 360º view of every curve, camera, and bezel. We snagged all the APKs we could possibly want. We even know the complete specs down to the Snapdragon 855 SOC, 6GB of RAM, and storage options. Now we're getting our best look yet at a handful of anticipated features, including Motion Sense, Face Unlock, and the next generation Google Assistant.

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Another Pixel 4 hands-on gives us a glimpse of face unlock and new camera settings

Every day this week has brought a new Pixel 4 leak. Two long video reviews of the device surfaced yesterday in Vietnam, and now we have another photo-based look at the device from the same country. Turns out a retailer in Hanoi is selling nearly-finished samples for 25M VND ($1,079) — they could be coming off the new production line or from another source. With that clarification out of the way, let's take a look at what we can glean from this latest leak, courtesy of Genk.vn.

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The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL just hit the FCC, announcement likely not too far off

FCC IDs for several new Google-made devices just landed, and although the product's identifying model numbers fit more closely with the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, both the timing and some key differences in the application make it clear we're looking at something new: specifically, these are probably the Pixel 4 and 4 XL.

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Smart Lock's 'Trusted Face' mode is broken on Android Q Beta 6, but there's a fix

All the way back in Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google added a 'Trusted Face' mode to Smart Unlock, giving all devices a slightly-secure way of unlocking with the front camera (the easily-fooled face unlock in Android 4.0 doesn't count). However, many people on the latest Android Q beta are having issues with it. If you're in that group, don't worry, there's a fix you can try.

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