Face Unlock For Jelly Bean Adds Liveness Check - Blink To Confirm You Are Real And Not A Photo
The wait is over and Google has finally unveiled Android Jelly Bean 4.1 that will be available as a free upgrade to all those devices that are currently eligible for Android ICS. With the nexus 7 Jelly Bean image released, developers have already started exploring the OS and we are hearing good stuff from them. Recently a developer from RootzWiki has announced that he was successful in rooting his nexus 7. That's great new to hear as the device it self is not released for public.
The most recent observation in Jelly Bean 4.1 is that Face Unlock has been upgraded with security features. Earlier the face to unlock feature was pretty baseless and if you point a photograph, the system would consider it as real and unlock the device. But now Google has added a new liveness check feature in the android Jelly Bean 4.1. In order to unlock your device you need to face the camera and the system will ask you to blink to make sure the person is for real and not just pointing the camera towards the photo of the person who owns the device. The system requires eye blink while unlocking the device inorder to unlock your device. Check the screen shot below to have a glimpse of the new feature in Jelly Bean 4.1
The question now is, will the new blink feature add more security or will it make even more difficult for the user to unlock their device. Besides, who uses face unlock ? The security feature added by Google sounds pretty cool but not many users find it easy to use and practically feasible.