OnePlus is working on a software update for the OnePlus 5T that should make tricking Face Unlock a thing of the past – but we don’t know how exactly it’s planning on making it more secure.
All we know, as per the firm’s blog, is that the upgraded Face Unlock will measure an array of variables – including the dispersal of light and reflection patterns – to determine whether the front-facing camera is looking at a “live” face.
OnePlus is aware that its system isn’t flawless, so it’s put a number of safeguards in place to prevent if from being abused. If Face Unlock can’t authenticate a user after five attempts, for example, it will automatically deactivate.
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Once this happens, the only way to gain access to the handset is to enter the PIN or use the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which – for the record – is just as fast as the one found on its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.
It should also go without saying that until it’s confident its facial recognition system is on par with Apple’s Face ID, OnePlus will not allow users to guard data-sensitive applications, like Android Pay, with Face Unlock.
Have you had a chance to trial OnePlus’ Face Unlock feature yet? If so, would you say it’s more secure than Android’s stock Face Recognition service? Let us know over on Twitter @TrustedReviews.