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Voice Unlock debuts with the Lenovo A586

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Voice Unlock debuts with the Lenovo A586
Yeah, Face Unlock might have been cool for its time. But some people's facial look can change. Ask fans of guitarist Eric Clapton, who some say never looks the same in any two pictures. If he owns an Android phone with Ice Cream Sandwich or higher, he might not be able to use the feature. What he might be able to do in the future is call upon Voice Unlock, which uses a passphrase spoken by the phone's owner to unlock a device. The technology has been debuted thanks to the launch of the Lenovo A586 in China.

Unlock the Lenovo A586 with your voice

Unlock the Lenovo A586 with your voice

Lenovo tells us that the technology behind this feature was "pioneered by A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and enhanced by the Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC)," and we believe them. While this is the first handset on the market that listens to its master's voice, the device you are unlocking isn't exactly filled with high end specs. The Lenovo A586 is equipped with a 4.5 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 854 and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor. So mid-2011. While Lenovo says major telecommunications providers and online stores offer the phone, which was released on Friday.

Obviously some safeguards will need to be taken and we would suggest using a passphrase that is not something you commonly say to prevent an accidental unlocking. For example, considering that this technology is on an Android device, you could make your passphrase, "Please pass me my Apple iPhone 5."

"We are delighted that our months of hard work and efforts are bearing fruits with the launch of the Lenovo A586 that incorporates our Speaker Verification technology. This is a strong endorsement of user-inspired research and cutting-edge speech and language technology in I2R and BIRC. We look forward to more innovative products from the Baidu and I2R partnership."-Dr. Li Haizhou, Co-Director of BIRC

source: Lenovo via AndroidAuthority
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posted on 02 Dec 2012, 01:56 3

1. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


At least that demonstrates the feature isn't limited to high end phones/requires flagship-level specs. Good job Lenovo..

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 19:56

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6408; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is simply awesome. let just hope apple doesn't try to patent and steal this one. i hope they would put VOICE UNLOCK in all android devices later software update

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 22:34

20. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


This has been on the s3 for sometime.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 02:06 1

2. MeoCao (unregistered)


Eric Clapton example is hilarious, but seriously the phone would still recognize him unless he had a plastic surgery to make him even more attractive.

And no worries as Lenovo phones are obviously not for stars unlike Note 2 or Xperia LOL.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 02:25

4. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Price wise? indeed. Lenovo phones are mostly aimed at the mid range segment. Their High End phones are even priced at the mid range price range of the big OEM's mid range phones.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 02:25

3. JC557 (Posts: 1038; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Hopefully Lenovo will expand the ThinkPad line to include business class smartphones with this technology along with biometrics.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 02:33

5. xuerantiger (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


now that i see this im wondering why anyone didnt think of this sooner...

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 03:45 1

6. T.... (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Lenovo! How dare you copy iPhone 6S's most outstanding feature? Get ready to be sued! :P

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 04:40 1

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5737; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Somehow, I doubt that Apple will be going too hard into voice-based biometric security. They have been investing in finger print scanning technology.

Of course, the finger print technology investment could be just a ruse intended to confuse the copycats....

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 11:24

15. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


They are kind of copying with the fingerprinting, laptops used to have that feature a lot and the original Atrix had a biometric fingerprint smart sensor, but if they do that, then they will market it like it's a new technology

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 12:24

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5737; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Apple may in fact be copying others and then try to claim they invented finger print recognition. But that is where they seem to be headed. Every time I have to experience a voice response system, I am reminded of how the technology seems perpetually not ready for prime time.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 04:36

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5737; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


I am wondering how voice recognition works when the user has a cold? Or laryngitis? Especially since winter is fast approaching in the northern hemisphere.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 04:50 1

9. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


WOW...this is so sci-fi. The xperia T featured in Skyfall should show off one of these. But NOOO... the Xperia gets a single miserable frame and it is used to receive a text message. Worse product placement ever.

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 05:12

10. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lenovo can really surpass samsung... and they are concentrating in asia first..but pretty soon they'll bring it in western market!

they are good looking phones..but still looks like some copycat of other manufacturer!

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 07:12

12. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


theres must be one hater here

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 09:56

13. omarr (banned) (Posts: 149; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)


Make the planet quite !

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 10:57

14. droidldra (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


@1:54

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 12:44

17. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Good so mimicry artists can unlock anyone's phone ?

posted on 02 Dec 2012, 14:27 1

18. Martine (Posts: 102; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I thought S-voice could unlock phone already?

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