When Samsung VP Nick DiCarlo showed off the facial recognition technology baked into Ice Cream Sandwich on Fox the other day, he presented face unlock as if it is a flagship feature of the Galaxy Nexus. He said “it’s just cool to use your face to unlock things”, but is it secure?

The guys over at Phandroid posted the video above showing a Galaxy Nexus being unlocked using an image of a person’s face on another device, proving the tech might be cool, but definitely not a passcode replacement and far from a security feature.

It’s not much of a surprise that facial recognition technology in ICS isn’t secure, but either is “slide to unlock”, and face unlock is still probably the most efficient way to unlock your device when not using a passcode. That is, if it works. As you might expect, early hands-on reviews prove the facial recognition is buggy, to say the least. It will probably prove too frustrating to use on a daily basis as your main unlock method.

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6 Responses to “Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock feature tricked by picture on Galaxy Nexus”

  1. mandorusaha says:

    Still prefer" slide to unlock" more simple and elegant

  2. sciwiz says:

    They don't tout it as a security feature, more a screen unlock method. It's one step above slide to unlock.


  3. jojo says:

    great article, more like this please ;P

  4. iAleJukebox says:

    Will they ever stop creating dumbness? (Referring to the Face Unlock feature of Ice Cream Sandwich..) It's a great thing they made that video.

    A: Hey! I have the ultimate power to secure my phone cause it only recognizes my face! The only person on planet Earth who can unlock it and discover my secrets it's me!
    B: .. not really, everyone who has a photo of you (or is your friend on facebook at this point) can "see your secrets".. you are dumb.

  5. James says:

    So did you train it on the picture or on your own face?

  6. Rotub says:

    That's hilarious.