You can fool that Galaxy! Video shows Galaxy S8's face recognition bypassed by photo

Although it likely won't end up the disaster of galactic proportions that was the fiery Galaxy Note 7, the new Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus already seem to be raising some concerns....
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80 Comments

74. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The iris scanner is simply slower than a finger print reader, which samsung thinks the customers can't stand waiting marginally longer to unlock their phone. I have an iris scanner on my Lumia 950, it works great, sometimes it unlocks the phone before I can even attempt to put in my pin.

12. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

Wait, isn't face unlock a standard android feature, why is it being presented like some brand new Samsung feature.

17. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Because it's Samsung, so it's new and cool now.

19. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I might be wrong, but didn't this feature get pulled out from the latest Android versions?

30. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Its available on my device running Nougat.

33. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well, then I am wrong lol I'm a bit curious now, which phone are you using?

38. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Samsung pulled it out of touchwiz a couple of versions ago. However, android's native implementation is mediocre at best. It's slow, clumsy and doesn't work half the time.

65. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup, but notice how the article is a jab at Samsung and not Android, sad really.

55. DanteTheGreat

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 31, 2014

It's still on my Nougat running XZ

45. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Thank you!

78. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Because iphonearena wants to use any ammo they can get against Samsung.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it will be more secure when we have 3D scanning dual front cameras that can better discern a high res photo from a face.

46. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Like the report that just came out on the iPhone 8 today......lol!

47. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its all rumor and speculation. were what.. 6-7 months away from its reveal? I wouldn't even take it with a grain of salt just yet.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Let the bashing begin, oops too late.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is for convenience only, if you thought different, you're fooling yourself. That being said, it will be interesting to see how Apple implements this if rumors are true regarding facial recognition with a 3d camera.

22. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Windows Hello uses an IR scanner and as far as I know, facial recognition has been present in Android phones since Android Jellybean or Kitkat? And it basically used the front camera only. When I last saw it on my Z1c, the level of security put Face at the level between Slide and Pattern. I'm probably more impressed with Windows Hello in the Lumia 950. It was fast and was Microsoft's answer to the lack of Fingerprint scanning in those phones.

23. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I was wondering if this would work when i heard the s8 would had face unlock. If you take a selfie and print it out pretty sure it will unlock even on the final s8 handsets

24. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

Let me guess: the fingerprint scanner can be fooled with a silicone finger.

75. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Any fingerprint reader can be fooled, it just how hard you have to work to fool it, an iris scanner on the other hand, cannot.

25. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Another Samsung fail...lol

26. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

A finger print scanner in the appropriate place is needed. Oh well. Don't jank up the Note 8 Samsung.

27. Samclark

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It won't be the case in the final product as already confirmed but iris scanning should be the choice if you aren't an indoor person.

28. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

How do you know it won't be the case. What will they do to correct it?

76. Plutonium239

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Iris scanning is unaffected by your lighting conditions, you can train the scanner in different lighting to speed up the process...

29. jessy90

Posts: 162; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Fingerprint is the most secure. Iris scanner requires more effort and angle your eyes with the sensor which is wast of time..not feeling the s8..i go for the g6 instead and get a free tv.lol

32. mikehunta727 unregistered

No, it's not. Your eye pattern is much more secure then a fingerprint. It's much more complex compared to your fingerprint pattern and you also leave fingerprints everywhere. Youd need the person's eyes, open, to get in, in which youd physically need the human being there lol

31. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I was wondering about this and planing on trying this exact test when I get my phone. I will probably stick with the finger print or Iris scanner. Seems like a big risk to me having facial recognition setup to unlock the phone.

35. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

It's purely a gimmick that can be made into an app for just about any phone. Fps is still safest way to go.

39. Tech_fan

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 28, 2017

peter K the way you commentted clearly shows what kind of person are you!!!! S..ck tim croock bolls..ouch!!!
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