9to5Google Today I mentioned that Google’s original plan was to launch the Pixel 6 Pro with face unlock, but the feature was relatively close to launch.
According to informed sources, Google intends to announce the Pixel 6 Pro with face unlock support to complement the fingerprint sensor located under the display. The capability was only for the bigger flagship and not the smaller Pixel 6, which cooperates with something we had previously I speculated based on the code.
The hardware difference between the two phones is a 11.1-megapixel front camera with a 94-degree angle.ultra wide“Field of view on the 6 Pro compared to 8 MP and 84 degrees On the $599 Pixel 6. Other than that, there are no dedicated hardware (infrared cameras, dot matrix display, or flood illuminator) as shown on the Pixel 4 in 2019. Nothing like Soli’s radar to speed up the unlocking process.
Soli-powered face unlock on Pixel 4
Google is only supposed to rely on what was captured by that selfie camera to verify your identity. This has always seemed like a Google-y approach that primarily uses software to solve difficult problems. It’s also something that the Galaxy Nexus running Android Ice Cream Sandwich has taken advantage of.
We hope that there has been remarkable progress in processing and precision over the past 11 years, especially with dedicated hardware like Tensor. For example, Google brags about his chips Such as enabling faster and more accurate face detection – in photographic contexts – thanks to the built-in subsystems, while consuming half the power of the Pixel 5.
The relatively last minute decision to remove “face unlock” is reflected in how early on and on launch day marketing materials referred to the ability. This included a German print advertisement (Although this was incorrectly claimed to be related to the entry of the Pixel 6) and the carrier’s UK launch page that showed “Face and Fingerprint Unlock” in an image straight from the Android 12 Security Center. This reference – plus one in Play Store Sheet screenshot – later removed. Since then there have been others miscellaneous references For the actual Pixel 6 Pro hardware capacity.
A source told us that Google is still working on adding face unlock to the Pixel 6 Pro, and it’s for The next major quarterly update for AndroidAlthough plans may change.
If that’s the case, it’s very exciting that Google is updating the Pixel 6 Pro with a new key feature so close to the end of the annual product cycle. It would definitely be a welcome addition for current owners and those still fretting about a fingerprint reader. Meanwhile, this face unlock method will likely be a staple in future Pixel devices.
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