Android's New Face-Unlock Feature Fooled by a Picture

By Kyle Wagner on at

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich looks pretty good. It's got a bunch of new features, like an updated look, improved notifications, and an awesome browser. Oh, and anyone with a picture of your face might be able to unlock your phone. Uhhh, guys?

The SoyaCincau blog put the new Face Unlock feature of ICS to the test at a recent Samsung event, and it was cracked pretty easily by a picture of the user's face on another phone. The writer claims that he programmed the lock to recognise his actual face, not the photo on the other phone, and after a few tries, viola—unlocked Galaxy Nexus.

At the time of its announcement, a lot of folks were murmuring that something like this would be possible, but The Next Web notes that Android-focused Developer Advocate Tim Bray settled everyone's concerns by saying it wouldn't. Now, um. We'll let you know if Google has anything to say about the video; and of course, ICS isn't even out yet, so there's still time to patch a fix if something's amiss. But for the moment, jealous boyfriends and girlfriends everywhere have something to celebrate. [soyacincuatv via HuffPo, The Next Web]