Voice Unlock debuts with the Lenovo A586

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.

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."

source: Lenovo via AndroidAuthority



1. Izzy_V

Posts: 216; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

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

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

20. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

This has been on the s3 for sometime.

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.

4. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

3. JC557

Posts: 1920; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

5. xuerantiger

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

6. T....

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

8. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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....

15. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

9. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 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!

12. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

theres must be one hater here

13. omarr

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Make the planet quite !

14. droidldra

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 02, 2012


17. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Good so mimicry artists can unlock anyone's phone ?

18. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

I thought S-voice could unlock phone already?

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