Google Assistant may soon start recognizing your face, just as it does your voice

Google Assistant may soon start recognizing your face, just as it does your voice
Google may roll out a face authentication system in Assistant to complement Voice Match. Evidence for this was found in the latest beta version of the Google App, with lines of code referencing a new feature called Face Match (via Android Police).

Unfortunately, no detailed description of the system exists, though going from its name alone, the logical assumption would be that it will serve as yet another way for Google Assistant to recognize you. Just like with Voice Match, users may be able to "tech" Assistant to recognize their visage and use this to surface custom-tailored content or authenticate various actions on a number of connected devices.

The uncovered code in the latest Google App beta suggests that the functionality won't be limited on a per-devices basis, but rather users will be able to enroll multiple devices on which Assistant will be able to recognize them. The system may even allow for multiple people to use Face Match under the same Google Account. Of course, to take advantage of this functionality, you'd need a camera-enabled device in the first place, which means virtually any phone or tablet out there, but not Google Home Hub, which doesn't have a camera.

It's currently unclear when (or if) Face Match is going to roll out to Assistant, though Google is evidently toying with the concept. The feature has likely been in the making for some time now, and may remains so for who-knows-how-long, given the many security concerns that it's introduction could raise.

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9 Comments

1. LEEDAQ

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

no thanks

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

For any Google Assistant smart display device with a camera, then this just makes sense. It's too easy to record someone saying "Hey Google", or ""Ok Google". That way any sensitive information you want to work with, or use will only work if it sees and knows that it is you.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

In theory makes sense. However when I use GA, I'm typically at a distance from my phone, GHs or smart display so it wont see me anyway.

3. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The smart displays this makes total sense. Especially if you use a Google Assistant smart display in businesses.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I agree it's more useful here but then it's odd that Google's own home hub cant utilize face recognition.

7. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Yeah, but remember this, Google's smart display is the only one without a camera. All the rest have cameras.

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

So Google Home Hub will come with a camera next year and they'll go against everything they said as to why it wasn't in this year's model

8. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Clearly you haven't been looking at any smart displays. Well of course you haven't, because your an Apple guy. But every smart display currently on the market has a camera, except Google's Home Hub. As it is today all of the Google smart displays that have cameras, have provided privacy shields you can easily flick a switch on them to disable or cover the cameras. So putting a camera on a smart display makes sense.

9. applesnapple93

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

Right I'm an Apple guy... That hasn't owned an apple product since 2014. The point you missed because you're triggered by the fact my username has the word Apple in it is that Google marketed the Home Hub not having a camera for privacy concerns at their hardware event in October. I did not say anything about 3rd party devices. Before you make yourself look dumb on your next comment, go watch Google's hardware event. Read carefully next time before letting your triggered millennial emotions take the wheel again.

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