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Face Unlock on Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6 fooled by 3D printed head; iPhone X comes out on top

Android's face unlock generally works with the smartphone's front-facing camera, while Face ID on Apple's devices utilizes multiple sensors.

  • Published: December 17, 2018 3:09 PM IST
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If there s one thing that s true about Apple s iPhones, it s that whenever they get a new feature, every third Android OEM decides to implement it. While the most infamous example has to be the notch, there s another feature that has become mainstream after Apple introduced it Face Unlock. Also Read - Android hacks: How to block spam calls on your Android phone

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With last year s iPhone X, Apple ditched the physical fingerprint sensor (Touch ID) and introduced Face ID, an advanced facial recognition system that uses a whole bunch of hardware housed inside the smartphone s notch. Face ID is present on Apple s newest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, and will most certainly be the default biometric authentication method for the company s future smartphones. Also Read - Upcoming Android, iOS games you should pre-register immediately

As expected, just about every Android OEM now offers face unlock on their smartphones. While it s good to have the feature, is it really as good as Apple s implementation? Apparently not.

To assess how secure face unlock solutions offered on Android smartphones really are, Forbes conducted a test under which the publication tried to unlock several popular Android devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 8, LG G7 ThinQ, and OnePlus 6 using a 3D printed head. The result? All smartphones were fooled into believing that the 3D printed head was a real person.

Conversely, Face ID on Apple s iPhone X proved to be impenetrable . The 3D printed head was unable to unlock Apple s smartphone even after multiple tries, according to an iPhoneHacks report.

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All said, the results are not exactly surprising. That s because face unlock on most Android smartphones generally works by scanning the user s face with the front-facing camera, then comparing it with a selfie of the user. Apple s Face ID, on the other hand, is comprised of multiple hardware components including Dot projector, IR camera, and Flood illuminator, which work together to create a detailed profile of a user s facial features.

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  • Published Date: December 17, 2018 3:09 PM IST


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