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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

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