At the last minute, Google disabled the Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 6 Pro

At the last minute, Google disabled the Face Unlock feature on the Pixel 6 Pro

Tech Highlights:

  • There is no Soli radar or infrared camera like on the Pixel 4, or a flood illuminator as on Apple’s notch-y iPhones with Face ID, so Google would be relying solely on the camera hardware for the face unlocking feature of the Pixel 6 Pro.

  • According to 9to5Mac, which cites insider sources, the flagship Google Pixel 6 Pro was originally intended to launch with a face unlocking safe access option, but Google removed it from the list of launch features soon before the phone was published. Face unlocking may still be possible with a future software update for the Pixel 6 Pro, as it only requires the front camera to work, according to the claim. On the front, the Pixel 6 Pro boasts a better 11MP camera than the Pixel 6, which has an 8MP sensor.

Apparently, the 8MP one on the Pixel 6 apparently just wouldn’t cut it, despite that barely anyone can do face recognition and computational photography better than Google. In any case, Google had the ability to “face and fingerprint unlock” listed in several marketing materials abroad, print and online, before it pulled any mention of it later.

The face unlocking option, however, will probably be arriving with the next Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro quarterly update, meaning that you may be able to have an alternative secure biometric access to your Google flagship phone this summer.

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