If you’re like me, you don’t like inputting a password, but still want some security for your phone. After all, you most likely paid a few hundred dollars for it. Therefore, your phone should be able to unlock itself when it sees its owner smiling into the front-facing camera.

On October 18, Google did just that. With Matias Duarte at the helm, his new Galaxy Nexus should have unlocked itself using the Face Unlock feature of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. However, with its own brilliant mind, the Galaxy Nexus decided not to show off its unlocking power and decided to keep Duarte locked out.

Despite the minor error, this new feature will completely eliminate the need to put in a password while still being able to lock out any of your friends.

In the past, Symbian allowed you to do this through Facelock. However, it was a third party app that could only be found on Sybmian 3.

Android has total control over the smartphone operating system market share. Therefore, Google has revamped the Facelock idea and implemented it straight into Ice Cream Sandwich instead of putting out a third party app styled like Facelock.

In fact, Andy Rubin confirmed that the idea comes from a Pittsburg-based company, PittPatt. In addition, he stated at AsiaD that PittPatt’s version of the idea was so fast that they actually had to slow down the process to ensure the user that it was secure enough for primetime.

What do you think of Android’s new facial recognition unlocking feature?  Would it make your lives more secure and more convenient?

Matthew Sabatini
Matt has been an Android fanatic since the original Motorola Droid. In addition to designing web pages, running his own company, and going to school, he finds time to write for Android Authority. Matt still owns that good old Droid 1 and a Xoom Family Edition.
  • Microheroi

    I’m using an app from the market called Visidon AppLock, and it works pretty well. Making it native for android will be great.

  • Now its time to shut mouth of symbian 3 anna, and symbian 3 belle…I hate symbian…thanks android..

  • Joni Johirul

    I wonder what will have if I put a picture of the person who own the phone? Will it unlock if it does then how secure is it? Any one can take your facebook profile and unlock your phone!

    • Kartoffelklaus

      this security bypass doesn’t exist. Siri should be able to tell you this ;-)

  • Anonymous

    As an added security measure, how about storing the picture of people who attempt to unlock your phone unsuccessfully. That way, when you get into your phone later, you will be able to know that your buddy Joe tried to get into your phone…

    • Kartoffelklaus

      good idea, though these photos should not only be stored on the device but immediately be sent to your google mail (incl. GPS details) once the phone is online.

  • Michael Mussington

    Needs 2 things: Personal Hotspot and fast, continuous intelligent voice recognition (basically something to kick Siri’s ass)

  • Chapolincolorado

    this is easy… you can take a picture of your friend and post it in front of the camera and you are in.