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

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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45 Comments

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

cool but sounds like a gimmick..

5. SleepingOz unregistered

unless it was developed by Sony or HTC, right?

12. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

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

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!

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

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!

25. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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

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!

27. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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

28. SleepingOz unregistered

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

29. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

30. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

32. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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?

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!

35. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

37. SleepingOz unregistered

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

36. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

6. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

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

11. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

15. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

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?

16. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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

20. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

22. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

19. SleepingOz unregistered

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

23. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

43. TOYMAN

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

31. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

HTC maniac!! :D hehehe... Gimmick or not... well lets just see what happens eh?

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