Android is long overdue standard face recognition support

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Mobile security is something that companies and enterprises need to work on. It can be addressed by biometric security features but unfortunately, it’s one concept that is not easy to handle. Such facial recognition feature on a Samsung device was once compromised with a photo. The technology isn’t perfect yet but the likes of LG added the feature to its G flagship products. It was thought to authenticate LG Pay transactions while Facebook started to test out facial recognition feature to unlock accounts.

Several efforts to improve the tech and security are being made. Google was believed to introduce anti over-the-shoulder peeking technology to Pixel phones. Samsung also worked on Intelligent Scan feature and depth sensing stickers. The technology is also somewhat controversial because facial recognition systems are known to have higher errors for non-white subjects. It may be a long time before it can ever be used as a new standard as 3D facial recognition technology would be delayed until late 2018.

There are different biometric security methods but nothing is perfect. Samsung’s efforts have been compromised but it’s still working to improve its own implementations. The likes of OnePlus and Huawei have their own but believe it not, none of them, not one claims to be secure enough for using the face recognition technology that is usually used for secure operations like authenticating mobile payments.

Google’s Android team hasn’t fully shared efforts to improve facial recognition but a recent commit in the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) shows the possibility of an advancement. It suggested that only one face template can be made by a user. This could possibly mean hassle or an issue for shared devices.

The tech giant is working on the next-gen Pixel 3 phones. One model is believed to have dual selfie cameras. The dual camera system could be used for facial recognition but there is no confirmation yet. The tech isn’t exactly new. Android has had it for six years not but it’s not yet that advanced. Not many phones support it but hopefully, the next Android version, Android P will have face recognition support.

We know Apple has successfully implemented FaceID. Samsung has its own too. Huawei launched the Honor V10 with and 18:9 screen and facial recognition feature. Other OEMs may be working on the technology including Intel.

Intel is believed to be working closely with Google to apply a facial recognition hardware on the platform and the upcoming device. We know Intel already has RealSense computer vision platform which we have yet to fully figure out. Apart from the Pixel Visual Core used in the Pixel 2, Intel also has the RealSense but an improved version of what’s found on the Intel Tango phablet.

VIA: Android Authority

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June 4, 2018 at 08:02AM