Ever since Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock was unveiled, speculation had circulated over its strength as a security measure. The facial recognition feature didn’t work during its unveiling last month and Android developer Tim Bray, had strongly denied that it could be tricked by a photo of the phone’s owner stating, “Give us some credit.”
Still that doesn’t seem to have stopped CC, a blogger at soyacincau, from fooling the new smartphone technology via a picture of himself of on a separate phone. Some commenters have suggested the video has been faked, citing the blogger’s failure to show facial recognition working before it was beaten, although CC is insisting this is not the case.
“What’s even more important is clarifying to everyone that the test — and the video — is not a trick. Some believed that we had programmed the Galaxy Note to recognise the picture and not the face. We must stress that this is not the case,” wrote the Android expert. ”The Galaxy Nexus in the video was the exact same unit we used to do our hands-on video where we originally set up the device to recognise a face and not a picture of a face.”
In Google’s defence, Ice Cream Sandwich does state Face Unlock is “less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password” when a user is setting up the feature. Nevertheless, we reckon several Android owners may find their friends have a new favourite pranking method.
To watch the video of Face Unlock being ‘broken’ by a photo click the clip below…