However this year Google has remained a certain feature in the inkwell , something that is practically not understood and that taking into account the size of its notch, it was practically mandatory.
Absence of facial recognition in full 2018, the error of Google
Ironically, Android was a pioneering mobile operating system to include a facial recognition system . Smart Lock came hand in hand with Android Lollipop 5.0, although in the worst possible way. An unlocking method that the company itself based in Mountain View advertised as insecure, and that was relegated to the most hidden section within the advanced security settings in our terminal . Something that is but that you should not activate , seemed to be Google’s philosophy.
With the arrival of the iPhone X the facial unlocking happened to be something practically mandatory in the high-end, from one day to the next, so Android manufacturers had to move tab. The solution was to take the base of Smart Lock and make the relevant changes , obtaining fast facial recognition methods, although unsafe -OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi … –
Despite not being the best solution, facial recognition in Android has gone through the modification of Smart Lock. The manufacturers have managed to make it work quickly and intuitively, thus creating unsafe unlocking methods, but which give meaning to a marginal function of Android.
Regardless of the jump between technologies between Smart Lock and Apple’s Face ID, facial recognition is a feature of the high-end quite important , and its absence in the Google Pixel 3 is somewhat striking.
As always, we can activate the native Smart Lock, although the operation of it is slow and inefficient . Google has lost the opportunity to improve its own facial recognition technology, and this tells us a lot about the future of Android with this issue.
The future of Android does not go through facial unlocking
The main difference between facial recognition in iOS vs. Android is the integration of the same with the operating system . Currently the basis of this in Android comes from the hand of Smart Lock, a function as we have said, marginal. If so, it is logical that there are no dedicated APIs or integration with third-party apps. Thus, we are left with the fingerprint reader as the only biometric sensor compatible with third-party apps , and without anticipating short-term change.
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In Android, to buy an app it is necessary that you use the fingerprint reader in your terminal, after the notice given by the terminal to do so. In iOS, when you give it to buy the app it automatically recognizes our face and does it. In technology, the difference between doing things in one step and doing it in two is something that affects the user experience.
In iOS, native applications such as the store, payment systems and third-party applications of all kinds allow using the Face ID as an authentication method , something that allows log in the app in a much faster and more intuitive way. Increasingly, developers open the door to Face ID.
A notch that should host more technology
Seeing the excessive size of the notch that the Pixel 3 XL has, one wonders if the technology of its interior justifies it, to which we must respond with a negative . The notch of the Pixel only includes a small speaker that hardly occupies space and two front cameras, no infrared sensors, face illuminators, dot projectors …
Samsung terminals such as the next generation Galaxy have more advanced facial recognition systems, although far from perfect and even close to those proposed by Apple, without needing notch or increase in the upper bevels . Strong evidence that this type of technology can be implemented without any problem without damaging the design.
The rumors pointed to a possible improved facial recognition -see it is only necessary to modify Smart Lock slightly to make it usable- that has not arrived and that will be missed. It is true that the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL have readers of fast and accessible fingerprints , although in terminals of 850 and 950 euros is requested as much as possible, as is logical.
The scenario in Android is thus with face recognition technologies of the manufacturers , without a solid basis for it, and without a future forecast in which this biometric identification is integrated with the system.
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