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Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

Both XDA Developers and 9to5Google have spotted another upcoming feature in Android Q: more secure native facial recognition. Think Apple's Face ID rather than Android's existing Trusted Face system. Other OEMs like Xiaomi and Huawei have already shoehorned in their own facial recognition solutions, but now Google is bringing the feature to the (literal) source.

Details are sparse, and most of what we know right now comes courtesy of new error messages discovered by XDA, which indicate Android Q will likely have support for actual, dedicated facial recognition sensors, rather than the current front-facing camera-based solutions.

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Google is adding support for Face ID-like hardware to Android Q was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The most interesting smartphone innovations in the last year (or so)

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

We've seen our mobile devices evolve from novelties to ubiquitous, do-it-all pocket supercomputers in just a few decades. Lately, though, there's been a sense of fatigue about the progression of mobile technology: the breakneck pace of big-ticket advancements has slowed, and even devices which we can't find fault with just seem kind of meh. Smartphones have matured, and the days of the next big thing actually being something big are largely behind us, but that doesn't mean improvements have stopped altogether.

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The most interesting smartphone innovations in the last year (or so) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 confirmed as ditching fingerprint reader in favor of iris scanner

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Despite the advent of jumbo-sized smartphones, and a slow but steady drop in global tablet sales reported over the last few years, Samsung is seemingly keeping the faith in the Galaxy Tab family. It’s no longer a secret that there are at least two new models in the works, both of which are expected to trim their bezels down and leave out the physical home button.

But last year’s high-end Galaxy Tab S3 had a fingerprint scanner hidden inside the chin-mounted hardware key, which raised an important question regarding its sequel.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 confirmed as ditching fingerprint reader in favor of iris scanner was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Clips gets timelapse function, better facial expression recognition, and more

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Google's cute little robo-camera has received a substantial update. Clips has become better at recognizing and capturing "interesting facial expressions," and will learn which photos you keep and which you delete to better highlight content you'll want to hang on to.  Perhaps most excitingly, though, Clips can now record timelapses.

The timelapse feature isn't well spelled out in the Clips app's changelog; it just says that the functionality exists.

• Turn on Timelapses in Settings, and Clips will capture a continuous stream of everything the camera sees and condense it into a fast-forwarded timelapse.
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Google Clips gets timelapse function, better facial expression recognition, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook must contend new class action over unlawful use of facial recognition technology

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

2018 has not been kind to Facebook thus far. The Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal continues to haunt Mark Zuckerberg and his company, which is trying desperately to right wrongs with policy clarifications, changes to the way ads are handled, and even a rewards program for data abuse reporting.

Probably the last thing Facebook needs right now is a privacy-related class action lawsuit, yet that's exactly what US federal judge James Donato has just ruled in favor of.

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Facebook must contend new class action over unlawful use of facial recognition technology was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung hit with lawsuit of up to $2.8 billion for infringing on biometric-related patents

Friday, April 13th, 2018

With their fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, and facial recognition tech, Samsung phones feature more methods of biometric authentication than most, if not all, of their competitors. However, the Korean company is now being sued by a US-based "data security firm," PACid Technologies, for infringing on two US patents and one Korean patent with its biometric features.

The lawsuit, filed on April 6th with the Texas Eastern District Court, comprises phones from the Galaxy S6 all the way to the Galaxy S8.

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Samsung hit with lawsuit of up to $2.8 billion for infringing on biometric-related patents was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Galaxy S9 may feature ‘Intelligent Scan,’ a combination of iris scanning and facial recognition

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

As the Galaxy S9's launch date of February 25th creeps closer, we're learning more and more about the upcoming flagship. Just two days ago, we even got a peek at the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 plus in press render form. Now, after some digging around in Samsung's settings app, a developer and AP reader reached out to us about his discovery of something called 'Intelligent Scan,' something we've never heard of.

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Galaxy S9 may feature 'Intelligent Scan,' a combination of iris scanning and facial recognition was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook will use facial recognition technology to alert you when you show up in someone’s photo

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Everyone has a camera in their pocket now, and they all have places to pose those photos on the internet. If you're a little sensitive about how often you show up in pics on the internet, Facebook has a new privacy tool that may interest you. Using facial recognition technology, Facebook can alert you to any photos in which you're visible regardless of whether or not you've been tagged.

Soon, the Facebook app will have an opt-in toggle for the facial recognition alert.

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Facebook will use facial recognition technology to alert you when you show up in someone's photo was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos v3.6 prepares to identify your pets, bring your photos to life with Motion, and may hint that Lens is a temporary exclusive for Pixels [APK Teardown]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

 

The latest update to Google Photos is starting to roll out to users, bringing the version up to 3.6. A run through the app hasn't turned up any brand new features, but there are some interesting things in the teardown. We can look forward to maximum cuteness as facial detection may be expanding to encompass our pets, even mixing them in with the faces of other people. There's also a new feature called Motion that promises to bring life to our images.

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Google Photos v3.6 prepares to identify your pets, bring your photos to life with Motion, and may hint that Lens is a temporary exclusive for Pixels [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Microsoft merges advanced facial recognition and Bing image search in new Face Swap app

Monday, June 5th, 2017

While Microsoft is undoubtedly better known for its productivity suite, the remit of in-house development studio The Garage is is a little broader and more playful. Not unlike the "20% time" projects at Google, Microsoft Garage is responsible for experiments that may or may not end up becoming fully-fledged products. The latest to see a full release after a few years of testing is Face Swap, an app that will automatically swap your face into any scene.

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Microsoft merges advanced facial recognition and Bing image search in new Face Swap app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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