Samsung Galaxy Nexus/Android 4.0 Face Unlock [Face-On Video]

If you were watching tonight’s Ice Cream Sandwich announcement, one of the “must-have” features people were talking about was Android’s new Face Unlock. Using Android’s facial recognition software, a user can opt to use their face to unlock their device instead of hassling with the traditional pin codes or pattern unlocks. The idea is simple but the execution — not so much.

During the live event Google’s Matias was having trouble getting his device to recognize his face and even our own Rob Jackson, who was live at the event, had similar difficulties. What do you guys think? Could this be Android’s “Siri?” More importantly, is this a feature you could see yourselves actually using on a day-to-day basis?

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  • BIGshane123456

    This is nice, but I just don’t think its the most practical for most. I would rather see fingerprints used. But how you would implement that, I dunno. Its still a cool add on to android.

  • bob

    Nope…. Don’t lock my phone. Just another step to get stuff done.

  • Neil

    Try moving the camera next time!!!! It only takes a few seconds. Lolol very nice feature. So proud of Android

  • Ted Rathkopf

    So if someone has a picture of me, they can use it to unlock my phone?

    • Bartek Andersson

      I suppose they could, and if they chop off your finger they could use your fingerprint. I’m thinking that if your friends want to face rape you it’s a whole lot easier to figure your unlock pattern out.

  • muscal

    I know that girl, went to school with her.

  • Wesley

    I have face recognition log in on my Lenovo laptop. For it to work, the lighting has to be good – not too dark like Matias had it on stage and preferably not with a camera light shining into it either.

    FYI The Galaxy S II already has this feature, at least the international version, afaik.

  • surethom

    A nice feature if it works 99% of the time!!

  • tjpeco

    Apparently you were the only ones having problems. Everyone else says that it works fine.

  • Layman76

    I’d much rather use the FINGERPRINT SENSOR on my ATRIX 4G, thank you very much. And to those who think that there aren’t any phones with one, the ATRIX is the only one so far.
    Now that I look at it, all those caps locks make me look like a douche. Oh well.

    • Kevin Cox

      You bought an Atrix? I’m so sorry man.

  • JulianZHuang

    Will lighting affect the face unlock?

    • B2L

      This was my question as well, I like to play with my phone in the dark.

      • david brand

        lol TMI dude

        • B2L

          Well at least I didn’t say “I hope it can recognize my sex face.”

          • david brand

            lol very true

  • hulk smash

    Should add a light in the front.

  • Rilenz

    It could be the side effect …. u gve ur friend he use his face to set the lock and then u screwed untill the next day.

    • TofuWarrior

      It requires you to put in another password or swipe password to change the face setting.

      If they know that then your phone might as well have been completely unsecured to begin with.

  • Dustin Evans

    could you imagine? setting up different faces to unlock your phone. combined with custom setups. your kid unlocks your phone? just games. you unlock it? you get everything.

    • david brand

      lol, yea like a persons personal windows user name….each user has different desktops, etc…..coool !!

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  • Guest

    This is Android jumping the shark. This will be slow, unreliable and easily defeated. A Waste of engineering effort.

    Imagine; in a few months Google will have millions of faces in their database along with our identity, browsing history, music interests, email index, etc…

    • david brand

      cool !!!

  • Gabriel Mak

    this sounds like a battery drain?

    Wouldn’t the camera have to always be “on”? how about if I just took a picture of my hand doing a weird sign. Could I use that to unlock too?

  • samster11

    Er…Visidon Applock anyone!? (search in market)

  • Jason Braverman

    I have been working on this for a long time, and I can tell you, they have a long way to go before they will get to where my software is… soon to be released… when its ready and not before :)