Previously we have witnessed an experiment done by Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster who built a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face unlock feature on some top-class smartphones — four Android models and an iPhone X. And bad news arrived for all Android users: only the iPhone X defended against the hack.
But, Sleuthers at XDA and 9to5Google have discovered code in an early Android Q version that hints at native support for hardware face recognition. It wouldn’t just be used for signing into your phone, either, as it could also authorize purchases and sign into apps. It would largely be parallel to the Face ID system found in Apple’s more recent iPhones, just with more flexibility.
They have spotted dozens of strings and multiple methods, classes, and fields related to facial recognition in the framework, SystemUI, and Settings APKs in the leaked AOSP build of Android Q that we obtained. None of the code that they found is present in AOSP master or the latest Android Pie public release. Furthermore, the existing “face unlock” feature that has existed on Android devices for many years now, the “Trusted Face” feature, is part of Google Play Services, is old, and is insecure, so they are confident that this is a new feature in Android Q.
While companies like Samsung and OnePlus have had to implement their own solutions, Android Q is preparing for the next wave of Android flagships to include support for these sensors natively. Let’s wait for it!!
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Sources: XDA Developers