Apple is so confident about its hardware-based face ID that the company removed altogether fingerprint scanner in it’s iPhone X. On the other hand, Android smartphone maker although caught up with the design but are struggling with face ID. This may change with the Android Q.
Finding the hints from the source code of the upcoming Android version, xda-developers pointed out the evidence and possibility that Android phones might get native, advanced and an accurate Face ID support.
Xda-Developers have “spotted dozens of strings and multiple methods, classes, and fields related to facial recognition in the framework, SystemUI, and Settings APKs” in Android Q build. This means that the Android Platform will have support for facial recognition hardware for Face unlock, apps authentication and payments. Google might also be planning to include this hardware on upcoming Pixel 4, but it’s not confirmed yet.
Android Q Source Code
Face ID that Apple used in it’s iPhone is a combination of complex software and facial recognition hardware which includes a 3D camera, infrared sensors, a dot projector, and other paraphernalia. This 3D camera captures a 3D image of your face every time you unlock your iPhone to make sure that it’s not fake.
On the other hand, Android phones use something Google names ad “Trusted Face” option for face unlock. But the fact is, this option is not placed in the security section in settings which shows that this can not be trusted. Reputed companies like Huawei included face unlock on their premium flagship phones like Mate 20 Pro using hardware for Face unlock, but there is no support on the Android OS so it is both difficult and not as secure. However, Samsung’s Iris scan feature is more secure but is not easy to use security replacement of fingerprint or face unlock.
Android Q’s source code leaked a few days ago which confirmed that it will bring a system-wide Dark mode, Google is also working big time on security. Google is also working on Permissions Structure page to graphically show what apps are using location and other permissions and to be able to revoke any permission while the app is running. In case the location is in use it will show up in the status bar of your phone. Moreover, you’ll also be able to turn off all the sensors on board the phone in the Airplane mode.
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