The iPhone X has a new unlocking mechanism called Face ID, which replaces the old Touch ID system since Apple decided to remove fingerprint sensor to achieve full screen. The way it works is simple — you just look at the phone, it recognizes your face, then the system unlocks — so Apple deserves the praise they’re getting for it. But did you know you can get almost this exact same feature on any Android device right now?, which is around since Android 4.4.
Starting with Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google introduced a new Smart Lock system that gives you various options to help speed up the process of unlocking your phone when the device detects that it’s in a secure environment and moved face unlock feature under smart lock. and called “Trusted Face,” is functionally identical to Apple’s new Face ID system — just wake your phone, look at it, then swipe to unlock. All without having to scan your fingerprint or enter your PIN.
To be clear, Apple’s new system called iris scanner introduced in Samsung Note 7 uses a few extra sensors that Android devices simply don’t have at the moment. Namely, a flood illuminator and a dual camera setup that includes an IR sensor, which means the iPhone X can get an accurate 3D map of your face to prevent the system from being fooled by a 2D picture of the user. This won’t be the case if you enable Trusted Face on Android, so it’s not as secure. But if you’re fine with that, Lets set it all up.
Enable a Secure Lock Screen
In order to use smart lock you should make sure a secure lock screen is enabled. This can either be a pattern, a PIN, or a password. If you don’t already have a secure lock screen method configured, it’s easy to set up — simply open security menu in settings app then screen lock and choose Pattern, Pin or Password to configure.
Considering that this feature has been around for over three years now, it almost feels like Apple’s Face ID system is a direct copy with some extra security measures sprinkled in. The way you unlock an Android device using the Trusted Face feature is exactly how it works on the upcoming iPhone X, so you’re getting a glimpse of the “next big thing” well before people in the Apple ecosystem can.
What are your thoughts on Apple’s Face ID compared to Android’s Trusted Face? Obviously, the former is much more secure, but the latter was years ahead and stands to catch up with the addition of a few hardware modules. Regardless of your position on the matter, tell us how you feel about it in the comment section below.