Everything will be more or less agreed that the biometric lock is the future of Android security . Far is that to unlock the mobile using the pattern of points or a password. Today, rare is the person who does not have your fingerprint configured to unlock your terminal, and even if you have a high-end of the most recent, you may use your face or your iris to use them as “key” . These systems, with which we live in our day to day, are still to be exploited, and the reason is more than simple: AOSP does not have support for them officially.
To give you an idea and not have to go into technicalities of code, drivers and such, let’s see it with an example. Imagine that AOSP (Android Open Source Project) did not have support for the fingerprint reader. Each brand that would like to launch this technology I would have to develop it from scratch without official support , which results in problems, slower updates, etc. The fact that AOSP offers native support for a function means that manufacturers are offered a series of tools and structures to, thus, be able to make use of it without having to invest so much time in development. This is exactly what, it seems, will occur in AOSP with the facial unlocking.
Android already had a native facial recognition system from Ice Cream Sandwich, although its operation was slow and unreliable.
As we can see in the, the “Framework for facial recognition support” has been added -that is, the framework on which this technology will be developed in future versions of Android-. In this new security system Only one face can be added per user , unlike the fingerprint reader, in which you can enter several fingerprints. Apparently, they have been working on this framework since March of this year and the person responsible is one Gilad Bretter who, interestingly, works for Intel . What does Intel have to do here? We will leave doubts soon.
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Either way, we are not surprised that AOSP implemented facial recognition support given 1) its growing popularity and demand on the part of the users, 2) its greater security and 3) that theit tells us that there is space for two front cameras , so, possibly, one of them is a sensor similar to the TrueDepth that serves to execute the facial unblocking in a similar way to the iPhone X. We will be attentive to more information.