Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) comes with a feature called “Face Unlock,” which allows people to program their face into the smartphone and then use the phone’s camera function to unlock it instead of a password.
At the time of the Google Nexus announcement it was revealed that the Face Unlock feature could be tricked by putting a photo of the person in front of the phone. Now a web site has indeed discovered that the Face Unlock can indeed be beaten by a simple picture of the owner of the phone.
“Though, in all fairness, Google did mention that Face Unlock is less secure than a pattern, pin or password and that someone that looks similar to you could unlock your phone. So essentially, Face Unlock is very similar to slide to unlock but a bit more secure, though not as lock tight as a password,” said SoyaCincau.
The post author states that the video is not a hoax or trick. It also shows a picture of the Galaxy Nexus with information displayed about Face Unlock, saying flat out that someone that looks like the owner of the phone could in fact unlock the phone using this feature.
SoyaCincau recorded their efforts and posted the result on YouTube (video embedded below):
“Galaxy Nexus in the video was setup to recognise my real face and not the picture taken using the Galaxy Note. See video link for more info. Apologies for the confusion.”