The curious Face Unlock case on the Google Pixel 6 Pro continues to roll around, with the latest leaks from those in the know suggesting the feature could come to the phone sometime later this year.
This, according to the 9to5Google (opens in new tab): They did some research and found that the latest Android update for Pixel phones includes a code referring to a CPU boost applied when Face Unlock is required (presumably to help identify it more quickly). In addition, the code is exclusive to Pixel 6 Pro devices.
That feature isn’t live and Google hasn’t said anything about it, but it looks like the software developers behind Android 12 are laying the groundwork for Face Unlock on the Pixel 6 Pro to finally appear at some point down the road. .
Face unlock unlock
You may remember that there were a lot of rumors about the Google Pixel 6 phones and Face Unlock, both before and after the handsets were released. The thinking is that reliability and battery concerns were the reason the option hasn’t been offered until now.
It’s possible that Google has fixed the necessary issues and is ready to roll out Face Unlock on its latest flagship Pixel – at least for the Pro model. While the phone doesn’t have the radar sensors that power Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, its selfie camera tech and Google’s AI knowledge might suffice.
We may have to wait until Analysis: The Joys of Face Unlock is released before Face Unlock comes to the Pixel 6 Pro – it’s possible that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will include hardware upgrades that provide an increasingly seamless unlocking experience.
Review: The joys of Face Unlock
Google decided to leave Face Unlock out of the Pixel 5 – according to Google, it was a trade-off to make room for other premium features on the device. Previously, it had appeared on Google Pixel 4 and Google Pixel 4XL.
If you’ve never used the face unlock feature on these phones, it can be hard to gauge how convenient it was: it was fast, worked from multiple angles, and let you swipe straight from the lock screen to the app it was on. previously using.
It was almost as if you didn’t have an active lock screen, although of course you do – if someone without your face tried to pick up and use the Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL, they wouldn’t be able to get in.
While similar results can be achieved with a high-res camera and some smart software, it was really the dedicated radar sensors that made Face Unlock so smooth – not least because it could detect when you were about to pick up your phone. Fortunately, the Pixel 7 will have the necessary hardware and software to make Face Unlock shine.