Google Granted Multiple User Face-To-Unlock Patent – Coming Soon To Key Lime Pie?


We know it’s coming, but Google’s plans to bring multiple user accounts to Android is once again been revealed, this time in their successfully granted face-to-unlock patent. The patent deals with a “computer device” that allows multiple users to keep their data stored separately on a device using the built-in camera and facial recognition software. Here’s the description:

“A method of logging a first user in to an computing device includes receiving a an image of the first user via a camera operably coupled with the computing device and determining an identity of the first user based on the received image. If the determined identity matches a predetermined identity, then, based at least on the identity of the first user matching the predetermined identity, the first user is logged in to the computing device.”

Okay, we know Google’s mobile OS wasn’t specifically mentioned in the patent, but we still have our hopes that we’ll see something similar introduced in Key Lime Pie (or some other “K” dubbed confection).

[USPTO | Engadget]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Very important for tablets shared by the family.

    1. I’ve been standing on the corner of 5th Ave with a cardboard sign screaming this! And no one listens!

  2. I’m still enjoying my jelly beans >.> what you mean key lime pie,

    1. Key Lime Pie is the name of the next Android version

      1. I guess they couldn’t use Krispy Kreme

  3. Finally multi-user support will become available. A next great step for mobile OS’s. Very useful for tablets. An important step, especially for a tablet with a (wireless) keyboard connected to replace laptops and netbooks. Brilliant idea to do this with image recognition for security.

  4. My Asus laptop have this. Shouldn’t have been granted

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