Early Galaxy Nexus problems: Face unlock flaw highlighted on video

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Just hours ago we showed you an unpacking video of the brand new Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone due to its UK release later on today, but now we have a another video to show you which highlights a potential headache for Google in relation to their new Face Unlock feature.

If you don’t know what Face Unlock is, we can tell you that is it one of the new and exciting features of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, which allows the user to unlock his or her Android 4.0 device using face recognition technology only.

However, one problem with Face Unlock has already surfaced prior to release, as the clip we have to show you below shows you evidence that Face Unlock will still work when a photo of the user taken on another device is displayed in front of the Android 4.0 – in this case the Galaxy Nexus.

It means that if your phone somehow manages to fall into the wrong hands and they are able to obtain a picture of you, they will be able to unlock your device easily and feast their eyes on all of your personal data. We’re guessing that Google is already well aware of this, but we’re presume that they don’t believe this to be a major problem just now.

We agree that it is less likely that this situation will arise, but since you can easily bring up photographs of people online, it is not hard to obtain an image. Then again, you would have to figure out their name in order to do that so perhaps it is not a major issue here. One worst case scenario for potential thieves is if they can somehow access images off the Galaxy Nexus when hooked up to a PC via cable, and then use that image on another device to unlock the Galaxy Nexus.

Regardless, watch the video below and see this in action for yourself. Do you think this is a major problem here associated with Face Unlock and needs to be fixed by Google, or do you see it as a harmless side factor?

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  • COSteve

    Still have access to the traditional security measures, face unlock is optional… If you have a lot of pictures of you floating around using one of the ordinary measures might be smarter.  It seems a bit gimmicky to me, really, but some people will probably use it and enjoy it.

  • Crayroyal

    Just imaging all your photos of you on Facebook or any other social website….. Not Good???