Google Pixel 8 face unlock can reportedly be tricked: here’s what happened

Highlights
  • A Reddit user claims that his brother was able to unlock his Pixel 8 through Face Unlock.
  • This vulnerability is discovered despite the two siblings looking “very different.”
  • Google hasn’t responded on the issue at the moment.

Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are the latest flagships from the brand. Like this year’s iPhones, Google flagships are also riddled with initial issues. One such glitch that users are reporting is the inability to launch Android Auto. Now, a Pixel 8 user claims that Face Unlock is not secure enough.

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Pixel 8 series Face Unlock is not secure

  • The Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro come with face unlock security, similar to most flagships and mid-range offerings.
  • This is easily one of the most important features on a phone and critical for security.
  • However, a Reddit user claims that his brother was able to unlock the Pixel 8 through Face Unlock.
  • This is despite the two siblings looking “very different.”

The Mountain View giant says the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro feature a Face Unlock that is very secure and is Class 3, which is the highest Android biometric class standard. What this tech means is that it is very unlikely that someone else will be able to unlock the phone through the face. However, the Reddit user claims otherwise. There are chances that Pixel 8’s Face Unlock system was fooled by the sibling’s resemblance.

There are chances that this could be a bug in the system that might be exploited by someone who looks similar to the owner of the phone. Google hasn’t responded to the issue and at this point, it is not clear whether this is an actual vulnerability or as said just. a bug that can be fixed through a software update.

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Google Pixel 8
Google Tensor G3 | 8 GBProcessor
6.2 inches (15.75 cm) Display
50 MP + 12 MPRear camera
10.5 MPSelfie camera
4575 mAh Battery
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Review Summary

Expert Rating
8.0/10

Design
★  
8.0
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Display
★  
8.0
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Software
★  
9.0
/10
Camera
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Battery
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  • Good design
  • Respectable battery life
  • Amazing software support

Cons

  • Slow charging speeds
  • Performance could have been better
  • Pricey
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