Galaxy Nexus tip: shave before trying Face Unlock

Galaxy Nexus tip: shave before trying Face Unlock
We've been playing around with the Galaxy Nexus, and we know you out there are just about to get your hands on yours, but there are some tips and tricks to help you with the new Android 4.0. Our first tip is for Face Unlock.

Face Unlock is the newest gimmick feature to hit mobile phones. It pushes along the grand tradition of features like Face Time, which look really cool and are sure to impress people, but don't have a lot of practical real world use. Face Unlock isn't very secure, we confirmed that it will easily be fooled by a picture, and there is another slight trouble with the feature: it hates facial hair. Face Unlock will likely still work if you have a beard or mustache, but it will be a lot more finicky, and have more trouble recognizing you, especially if you haven't trimmed your beard in a while.

Face Unlock is very fast and easy when it does work, but it's probably a good thing that ICS is being released after Movember. At least Google has another year to tweak Face Unlock before the next barrage of facial hair.

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GALAXY Nexus
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is not good news for zztop

15. WellBeSerious12

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

LOL :P

2. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Would be interesting to see the improvements to this. My guess is the future is a progressive face unlock, like it records an update to your face everytime you unlock it so as your hair grows it can adjust.

3. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Or it scans your retina and a fingerprint.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

in general, it uses the size, shape and position of your eyes, nose and mouth, which is why someone who looks like you could hack it. I guess it uses color differentiation between skin and features, so facial hair causes problems.

5. denney

Posts: 98; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I don't see why they haven't implemented a fingerprint unlock feature. Wouldn't it be incredibly easy with capacitive technology?

6. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

See motorola atrix I wish Google used that combined with NFC and wallet = fast secure way to pay

7. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Breaking news: shave before you unlock.

8. enjoi455

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

"Face Unlock is very fast and easy when it does work, but it's probably a good thing that ICS is being released after Movember." Did you mean November?

10. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

You should Google Movember.

9. blackrose

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Plus Google tells you its not as safe as pin unlock and others.so use it at your own risk

11. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Siri is not perfect as much as the face unlock, and please don't compare face unlock with outdated "Face Time", my low end phone can VIDEO CALL, while I have to use the so called face time on my iPhone[considering the fact that most of my friends and family members don't have Apple devices for Face Time], so they're both complitetly different thing. In my opinion face time is an old technology, which can be replaced by skype [like WTH]. So if we can give Siri the benefit of the doubt and say it'll work better after the beta version, why cant we say the same with face unlock, oh wait, it's not created by Apple. In my opinion your article praised Apple and d'sis Android, which is bn biased, like I said, just my individual opinion form what I read

12. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Aish! spelling

13. rawdeal

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

iphonearena strikes again....u guys come out of tainting android as ur efforts r not enuf...people will still lik android os

14. aztaxia12295

Posts: 272; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

Brian Wilson just took a bat and slammed it against a cooler...

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