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Pixel April updates land, bringing eyes-open face unlock setting to the Pixel 4

Pixel April updates land, bringing eyes-open face unlock setting to the Pixel 4

Google is rolling out its April security patches/updates for its Pixel phones. Although functional notes this time around simply state a handful of fixes related to Bluetooth and keyboard lag, this update also delivers an anticipated "eyes open" requirement for the Pixel 4's face unlock, which first debuted with the recent Android 11 Developer Preview 2.

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Face unlock for Pixel 4 finally gets a toggle to require your eyes to be open in Android 11 DP2

Face unlock for Pixel 4 finally gets a toggle to require your eyes to be open in Android 11 DP2

Five months after Google promised that it would be coming, the Pixel 4 has finally picked up an added bit of security for its face unlock system. Android 11 Developer Preview 2 has a toggle you can set for your Pixel 4 that requires your eyes to be open for face unlock to work.

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'Require eyes to be open' setting for Face Unlock shows up on the Pixel 4, doesn't work yet

'Require eyes to be open' setting for Face Unlock shows up on the Pixel 4, doesn't work yet

Shortly after the Pixel 4 began making its way into users' hands, people started noticing an important oversight. The phone's Face Unlock could be used even when your eyes are closed, so if someone wanted to abuse this "security method," they could wait for you to be asleep (or dead, in a more tragic turn of events) and easily unlock your phone. Google said it was working on a setting to require your eyes to be open, but it hadn't showed up until now.

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

[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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