Apart from Android, Google also develops Chrome OS. A browser-based operating system, Chrome OS, as its name suggests, uses Google’s Chrome browser as its primary user interface.
While Chrome OS is primarily intended for inexpensive books (called Chromebooks), it has also been used on some premium devices (such as last year’s Pixelbook, which was launched alongside Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL). The operating system already comes with quite a few features (support for Android apps among others), and if the latest news is any indication, it’s about to get even better.
According to Android Police, Google may soon be planning on introducing facial recognition support in upcoming version(s) of Chrome OS. The feature was hinted by a Chromium code commit. Here it is:
Add face detection
The face detection works if set the mode to FD_MODE_FULL.
The face info could be got by method getResult().
It’s disabled currently. Add metadata and enable it in the future.
The code also talks about Intel Face Engine, which could be used to implement the feature. It’s worth noting that Microsoft’s Windows 10 already supports facial recognition, effected by Intel’s RealSense hardware.
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Facial recognition would definitely be a useful addition to Chrome OS, as it’ll eliminate the need to key in long and complicated passwords every time a user wants to access the system. The feature is already supported by Android, and smartphones (including even budget devices) from numerous OEMs offer facial recognition as an additional security measure.