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Samsung's version of Face Unlock requires you to blink before it grants access to the phone

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Samsung's version of Face Unlock requires you to blink before it grants access to the phone
Just when we started wondering whether the company can pull off the eye-tracking tech supposedly in store for the rumored Samsung i9300 M Olympics phone, and it clarified how they do it.

Today Samsung Tomorrow, the company's official blog, issued a post aiming to introduce us to the kitchen of software updates. Buried inside the Galaxy S quasi-ICS update section was hidden this little gem: "Included in the firmware upgrade is the ‘Face Unlock’ feature found in the ICS upgrade. In response to security issues raised regarding Face Unlock, Samsung incorporated blinking for added security."

This is in response to the allegations that the Face Unlock feature of Android 4.0 ICS can be easily tricked by just holding a picture in front of the phone, instead of the actual person.

Samsung has resolved the issue in a pretty neat manner, requiring you to blink, so the phone makes sure a living, breathing person sits in front of it. Regardless of the way they did it with the front-facing camera, now the rumor about the Samsung M tracking your eyes and keeping the screen on if it recognizes you are staring at it, receives much more street cred.

source: Samsung via SlashGear

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posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:26 2

1. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


cool but sounds like a gimmick..

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:44 12

5. SleepingOz (unregistered)


unless it was developed by Sony or HTC, right?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:23 5

12. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


what does Sony and HTC have to do with this? They weren't even mentioned in the article. What a douche troll.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:39 4

17. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Just don't take your case for a generality! You are the douche troll here!
I'm neither bashing Sony nor HTC in my previous comment. Does a stupid fag like you even know the real meaning of trolling?
Oh yeah, that's what you do on every Samsung Article!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:45 3

18. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Well, everyone is entitled for their own opinion. So if you agree or disagree with mine then I got no problem with that. We can just dance with intelligent arguements and not just come out with stupid statements like yours.

And Ok, so what's the sense of mentioning Sony and HTC? I'm not getting it. I don't know if its me or its just you being a stupid douche troll.

And yeah and you're the perfect example of a troll no doubt.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:53 3

21. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Who are you fooling? Everyone here knows that you're one of the biggest Samsung haters, if not the biggest Samsung hater of this site. You never miss an opportunity to troll on Samsung articles. And you're calling me a troll? Again, just don't take your case for a generality!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:13 2

25. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I don't hate Samsung, I just don't like them. They make great products but their designs just doesnt fit my taste and thats just it.

I don't bash or troll the way you do. My post and the article doesnt include Sony and HTC and your talking stupid already. lol

And yes thanks for avoiding the BIG question,

"what's the sense of mentioning Sony and HTC?" lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:25 3

26. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Have I ever bashed HTC or Sony in my previous comments unlike you with Samsung? You've got no point calling me a troll!
I just mentioned Sony or HTC to accentuate the fact that you're a Samsung hater! You would have never found this a gimmick if this was from one of these manufacturers. Don't lie to yourself, troll!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:28 2

27. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


You admit. OK. So the next big question is,

"Who's the troll now?" lol

And my first statement wasnt even about bashing Samsung or its innovation, I'm talking about the feature itself in general.And the problem is you're so defensive, the word "TROLL" is written all over your face. lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:33 3

28. SleepingOz (unregistered)


judging by the rating of your comments, it's you.. =] ahahaha

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:38 2

29. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Being thumbed down by a horde of Samsung fanboys won't make me a troll. If you think out of the box, it will be you, no doubt.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:55 4

30. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


From what I have read so far, you are the troll.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:02 2

32. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I'm so amazed how Samsung fanboys share some sort of a link in their minds that everytime someone disagrees or atleast bash one of their co-fanboys, they will automatically jump to the ship and call the opposing party a troll without giving a intelligent reasoning as to why he became a troll. funny right?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:22 4

34. SleepingOz (unregistered)


If you weren't trolling then why are you so defensive?
You keep editing your comments again and again to sound the least "troll" possible but you just can't help it, the word "TROLL" is written all over your face. hahaha!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:30 4

35. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Come on man, I just wanna end this stupid argument with you. For all I care, you're the true troll because you are mentioning Sony and HTC out of nowhere for being so defensive about Samsung. End of story.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:39 4

37. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Anyone neutral can clearly see that you're the only troll here. Even you! But yeah, keep lying to yourself!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:33 5

36. Oxygen (Posts: 125; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I'm far from being a samsung fanboy, the ONLY product i own from samsung, is the galaxy note, I also use a xperia s, my laptop is a macbook pro and I'm planning to buy the asus prime as my first tablet. Even my fridge is a sharp but you, you appear to be a real samsung hater.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:47 4

6. buggerrer (Posts: 306; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


do u know what gimmick means? how is this a gimmick? lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:22 4

11. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


To me, gimmick means having a selling or a cool feature that is actually useless. And this is the best example.

I really doubt a lot of people will use this security feature, its more like a play or fun feature to me.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:29 3

13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


i agree it was a gimmick but the fact is that this gimmick got plenty of my friends asking me does your phone have face unlock also it is much less of a gimmick and is much more useful as a security feature now that samsung has pretty much made it almost 100% secure from the fact that no matter how many pictures someone tries to use,pictures cannot blink.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:35 1

15. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


Your friends are asking for it not because its a useful feature but more like a really cool feature.

It's easier and more convenient to just enter pins and passwords than wait for the phone to scan your face. Sometimes, depending on lighting conditions, it won't respond or atleast recognize your face. I can foresee issues with this. A feature that has a future but not to be trusted at the moment.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:32 6

14. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Useless? How on earth is a method of securing your phone against unwanted usage by others which doesn't require you to remember a password or a pattern, and is pretty much unhackable - useless?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:38 3

16. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


If you think that it's unhackable then you're a fool.

Samsung is innovative no doubt, but Samsung fans always think that Samsung innovations like this is like "A giant step for mankind". lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:49 6

20. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


It's not a great step for mankind, but it's better than what the other companies are claiming as innovation. Compared to Apple's "revolutionary" Siri, which was just something Apple bought off the App store and hyped it up, which do you think is more innovative here?

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:57 3

22. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


I don't give a damn about Apple so I don't wanna talk about that.

And I'm not talking about who's more innovative or what not, I don't talk like that. I'm just saying that Samsung did a great job but its useless for now.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:56 6

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1460; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Originally, the face unlock was made as a quick unlock system for drivers and a security measure against thieves (What are the odds a thief has a picture of you?). But now thanks to Sammy, it is even more secure such that even your friends who want to sneakily use your phone, won't be able to unlock it. Samsung just made this a legit unlock system, no longer just a gimmick.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:45 4

19. SleepingOz (unregistered)


He sure does know all that but he just can't help trolling on every Samsung articles.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:06 2

23. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)


see who trolls now? give me a link on those "trolling around on EVERY samsung articles".

it doesnt mean that i dont agree on a specific article also means that im trolling already. grow up son.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 14:01

43. TOYMAN (Posts: 29; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


yes its great idea until some one has a vid of you lol

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:59 2

31. rendHELL (Posts: 304; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


HTC maniac!! :D
hehehe...

Gimmick or not... well lets just see what happens eh?

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