Jelly Bean Checks You're Actually Alive Before Unlocking Your Phone

Google's clever little Face Unlock security feature, which lets you use your phone's camera to pull your Android mobile out of standby mode by having it recognise its master, has been updated, with the Jelly Bean version of the tool allowing users to blink at it to prove they're not a photograph.

This is designed to stop the sort of internet outrage pieces we saw surrounding the launch of Google's Android 4.0 software alongside the Galaxy Nexus last year, when it was discovered that Android's new Face Unlock could be tricked by using a photo of the registered owner, so was about as secure as writing your secrets on a pub toilet wall in marker pen.

So in Android 4.1 it ought to be a little tougher to fool thanks to the optional blink detection setting, unless you print out a life-sized photo of the owner, cut out holes for the eyes and blink through the holes. Which is probably a bit too much fuss for the chance to read someone else's mundane SMS messages. [XDA via TechCrunch via Gizmodo UK]

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    That's pretty damn neat :)

    Bring on 'Face pulling unlocking!'

    Yay! Now I don't have to fear my boss/kids/friends/Girlfriend unlocking my phone and/or tablet.

      I wonder why you are worried about your girlfriend reading your phone.

        You're right! Damn him for wanting some form of privacy in his life! Damn him to hell!

          I don't think it's just privacy... The guy is living in fear... I wonder why, that's all.

    "you print out a life-sized photo of the owner, cut out holes for the eyes and blink through the holes"
    if you had a strong desire to get into the phone, grabbing some scissors isn't much more effort than printing it out

    Visidon App-lock has had this feature for yonks.

    I wouldn't think a GIF would have the resolution or the colour density to be recognised by this.

    Giz, I'd love to see you guys show us a video of this new feature being tested out. Ie, see if you can still break it/fool it so we have an idea of its actual real life usability.

    What's wrong with a pin?

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