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Android 11 Developer Preview Shows Improved Security and Biometric Features

Android 11 Developer Preview Shows Improved Security and Biometric Features

Google has released the first developer preview of Android 11 — the next version of its mobile operating system — with a slew of new features including some upgrades to security, privacy, biometric capabilities, messaging and more. Though this is only the first version of Android 11 and it is just a developer preview —…

Amex App Gets Face Unlock on Pixel 4

Amex App Gets Face Unlock on Pixel 4

“Google launched its Pixel 4 smartphone last October, marking a shift away from fingerprint-based user authentication and toward facial recognition…” American Express has become the latest company to embrace the Google Pixel 4’s Face Unlock feature for its mobile app. The development comes by way of a new beta version of the Amex app, allowing…

MyHyundai with Blue Link  App Updated With Face Unlock Support

MyHyundai with Blue Link App Updated With Face Unlock Support

Hyundai’s connected car app has recently received a major update making it the latest in a line of apps to support the Face Unlock biometric authentication system found on the Google Pixel 4. Along with the new Face Unlock support, the updated MyHyundai with Blue Link app delivers a major UI overhaul that brings it…

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password, the popular password management app for iOS and Android, is now able to support the new Face Unlock feature on Google’s Pixel 4. After updating their 1Password app to the latest version (7.3.2) users’ can now use Face Unlock to access various apps and services for a biometric security approach. Previous versions of the…

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google has explained the shift to its ‘Biometric API’ in a new blog post on their Android Developers Blog. With the recent release of its latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, Google has also released Android 10, the newest operating system, and debuted Face Unlock, its newest form of biometric authentication. The 3D facial recognition…

Face Unlock Now Enabled for Google Pay Confirmation

Face Unlock Now Enabled for Google Pay Confirmation

Google has now enabled facial recognition as a means of authentication on its Google Pay mobile payments platform. The move is the result of Google’s recent launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. Whereas previous devices in Google’s Pixel line used fingerprint recognition as the primary means of biometric authentication, with the…

LastPass Will Support Facial Recognition on the Pixel 4

LastPass Will Support Facial Recognition on the Pixel 4

LastPass has confirmed that it will be supporting face-based unlocks on Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone. The beta for the Android version of the app is currently available through the Google Play Store, and already features a new icon for the new biometric modality. LastPass has historically relied on fingerprint recognition, but the latest iteration of…

Pixel 4’s Face Unlock Has One Glaring Security Oversight

Pixel 4’s Face Unlock Has One Glaring Security Oversight

Google has delivered a sophisticated biometric security feature in its latest Pixel smartphones, but it has a glaring potential flaw: the devices’ Face Unlock system can authenticate a user even if they’re eyes are closed. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL‘s Face Unlock system is otherwise pretty impressive. Taking a cue from Apple, Google…

Dubious Biometric Data Collection Practice Puts Scrutiny on Goolge Subcontractor

Dubious Biometric Data Collection Practice Puts Scrutiny on Goolge Subcontractor

A Google subcontractor is being scrutinized for its questionable data collection tactics. The company in question is Randstad, which hired and managed a field team of Google TVCs (Temps, Vendors, and Contractors) to gather face images from the general public. People were offered $5 gift cards in exchange for their participation, while the images were…

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google is handing out $5 gift cards in exchange for five minutes of face time with random people on the street. The company is reportedly training a new facial recognition algorithm that would be deployed in the next generation of Pixel smartphones. The algorithm would essentially give Google an in-house alternative to Apple’s Face ID,…

New Pixel 4 XL Renders Hint at In-Display Fingerprint Scanning

“The Pixel 4 XL, as depicted in the new renders, has an almost full-size screen, with a small bezel on the bottom of the device’s front face, and a somewhat thicker top bezel that appears to house dual cameras and two other sensors.” New renders of the Google’s next big Pixel smartphone are further making…

New Pixel 4 Images Show Big Camera Bump, and No Fingerprint Sensor

New Pixel 4 Images Show Big Camera Bump, and No Fingerprint Sensor

“As for the fingerprint sensor, it seems clear enough from Google’s own images that there isn’t going to be one on the Pixel 4’s rear.” Google’s next flagship smartphone is going to feature a big square bump for cameras and potentially other sensors on its rear, and appears to be doing away with rear-mounted fingerprint…