Hidden 'Face authentication' settings found in latest Android Q Beta

Hidden 'Face authentication' settings found in latest Android Q Beta
Android Q Beta 4 was released today, and besides bricking some Pixel models, the update contained something interesting. Hidden settings discovered by 9to5Google revealed that "Face authentication" will be a feature on the next Android build when it is launched later this year. Google has lagged well behind Apple with facial recognition, as Face ID on iOS uses the front-facing TrueDepth Camera to produce a more secure 3D map of a user's face.

The hidden settings revealed that in Android Q, users will be able to select an option requiring that the user's eyes be open in order to unlock a phone with his or her face. In addition, strings of code found in the settings show that the Facial authentication feature will allow Android users to sign into apps and verify mobile payments. Lastly, someone with a phone running Android Q will be able to permanently delete data related to the user's face similar to what can be done with fingerprints.


Android Q Beta 5 is expected to be released sometime early in the third quarter of this year, followed by Android Q Beta 6 and then the final version of Android Q. This should all take place next quarter, which runs from July through September.

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7 Comments

1. adecvat

Posts: 640; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

OMG, two years behind.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

If you mean PA, you are correct. This exact function is in some Android phones for more than a year.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Android now copying apple’s face id. meanwhile this fall face id will be 2x faster, its already fast now and android phones still using unsecure authentication well android users doesn’t need to have that as they don’t care privacy and security.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Wait what? FaceID is considered as ... safe? I really hope not.

6. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Of course it is, that’s why you can use it for payment and banking app authentication. It’s what google is currently missing.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Facial recognition itself on any platform is not secure unless a unique variable is implemented. Take a moment and educate yourself.

7. Alcyone

Posts: 388; Member since: May 10, 2018

Yeah, ok. I believe that. Kinda like how Apple is years (many) behind native keyboard swyping? Oh wait...

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