Android 5.0.1 update should fix Trusted Face issues on the Nexus 6

Android 5.0.1 update should fix Trusted Face issues on the Nexus 6
We've seen the Android 5.0.1 update floating around, and seen builds come to AOSP; but, we still don't exactly know what bug fixes exist in the update. That said, it looks like we might have gotten a clue to one of the fixes that will be in the update: it should make Trusted Face recognition better on the Nexus 6.

One issue that users have been talking about is that the Nexus doesn't do so well with facial recognition in low-light situations. The trouble appears to stem from the fact that the display doesn't crank up the brightness enough to compensate and light up your face, and that means the camera find the details it needs for Trusted Faces to work. However, a Google Groups thread is saying that the issue has been fixed in the Android code and an update is on the way. 

Given that Android 5.0.1 is the only update we know about (although there are likely others in the works), it seems reasonable to assume that this fix would be a part of this update. We'll have to wait until the Nexus 6 gets the update to confirm, but that seems imminent. 


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  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS and Android dropped a buggy update, get the fixes out big dawgs.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm just glad I found a workaround on a bug that came with lollipop (not able to send text messages on certain carriers). It seems iOS and Android have more bugs in them recent versions. They need to step up their game...

16. TGreg104

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

Hey rebel, what's the fix you found?! I'm an n6 user on sprint and I have issues with SMS's.

17. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For me it helped to edit all the numbers. I had all the numbers with the international code in front of it (+31). As soon as I removed the leading code and replaced it with 0, it worked.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

An update to an update that's not even out yet en masse. I love how the iSheep and FanDroids rag on BlackBerry and Windows Phone but Apple and Google release Alpha-grade updates.

14. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

There are too few people affected by the bugs on BB and WM. It isn't even worth headlines therefore.

18. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Please explain how dominant market share makes it ok to release garbage firmware. While you're at it, which BB and WP bugs are you referring to? The fact you call it "WM" let's me know you have no idea what you're talking about and are butthurt by the developments.

3. zulrakz

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

another update?? oh my.. my nexus 7 2013 haven't get the update yet and i've been checking it every night ever since it was rolled out..

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Here i'm gonna try this: #facegate... wow I feel dumber just doing that (why do apple haters enjoy doing that?) But on a serious note, anyone ever uses face unlock???

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO face unlock is almost as good as a fingerprint reader, though of course a fingerprint reader is still better because it works at night Since updating to Lollipop I've been using face unlock and smart places So there's no pin at home and when I'm not at home it uses face unlock

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks for reply. I have two questions: 1. Smart places can you invert the effect and actually set it to "pin lock" when at home and remove "pin lock" when you leave your home. 2. How quick is face unlock that you prefer to not use face unlock when at home? I use Touch ID primarily because it's faster than "swipe to unlock" even without pin (swiping is more effort than Touch ID). Thanks in advance.

10. Bjray

Posts: 199; Member since: May 29, 2014

1: You can use an automation app to do just that and much more. 2: Watch a Trusted Face demonstration video. For one thing it unlocks the lockscreen practically instantly and you can bypass it by just entering your pattern normally. You actually don't notice trusted face at all. It feels like your phone just "knows it's you" and unlocks like it doesn't even have security and sometimes it's uncertain and re-enables it.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree with Bjray 1. I don't think you can with Smart places But you could use another app like Tasker or Llama 2. Face Unlock just allows you to skip the pin/pattern, you still have to swipe to unlock. Basically in good lighting its almost instantaneous, in low light it takes about a sec, it doesn't work in darkness I'd say its not quite as fast as Touch ID, but its as fast as swipe to unlock

12. AlikMalix unregistered

I saw the video demonstrations - I think it's pretty cool - looks like it works great.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I do wonder if it would recognize a really fat person without any distinguishable jawlines and would they need to keep some distance otherwise the camera can't pick up their entire face...

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'm wondering what happens if you get a fat lip, stitches or a nice shiner? Is your phone useless until you heal?

7. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

My Nexus 4 is working way better than it has work ever before since it received the Lollipop 5.0 upgrade a few weeks ago.

9. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I think the most important thing that Google has to correct to 5.0 Lollipop is the "problem" affecting the Nexus 6 phone (and that will affect any other new phone that may come with ver 5.0) thats caused by the encryption being turn on by default. That "problem" is causing the new phones that comes with 5.0 to work much slower than phones that gets upgraded from 4.4 to 5.0 that had the encryption option turn off before being upgraded to 5.0.

13. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

And when will it go through vendors'/carriers' verification phases?

20. zulrakz

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

i already have the 5.0.1 update last night.. well the unit gets hot a lot faster than it did with 4.4.4.. hopefully a new update is on the way to fix this one..

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