Google updates Pixel 4 with ‘eyes open’ fix for face unlock

Pixel 4 “requires eyes to be open” with April Patch

The October 2019 launch of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL opened up some serious critiques on the smartphones for not having the mandatory feature for eyes to be open for facial unlocking. The preference was unveiled in Android Developer’s Preview last month and it kept Pixel users on their toes.

Not to wait much though, Google launched the April 2020 security patch for its Pixel devices earlier today. The ‘eyes open’ feature will now be available on Android 10 Pixel 4 lineups. The update fundamentally fixes various security vulnerabilities and fixes some Bluetooth issues. On the Pixel 4 series, the update additionally includes a convenient "Requires Eyes to be Open" feature in the face unlock menu.

Digging into the nitty gritty of the April 2020 update, this feature puts a compulsion on Pixel 4 users to keep their eyes open as the smartphone would not unlock in any other case. This feature is a super amazing highlight of the day as it foils people who might intervene in your privacy by trying to unlock your Pixel 4 while you are sleeping. In this way, anyone may try to invade your personal stuff that you might have arranged for music and video sharing. When Pixel 4 was initially shipped, it was found that one could open the device any time even when the owner of the device isn't taking a gander at the display or their eyes are closed.

This was a significant security slip-up on Google's part particularly since the Pixel 4 was dedicatedly launched with facial recognition hardware just like the iPhone X/iPhone 11 series. Following all the critical analysis and objections  it got, Google promised to fix the lapse in a future update and here we have finally got it!

Interestingly, Google has not just presented the "Require Eyes to be Open" include with the April 2020 security update, but it has also addressed a couple of other issues as follows:

●    A memory leak that hinders additional Bluetooth Low Energy connections
●    A fix for dropped Bluetooth audio input during a call
●    There’s also a patch for lag when opening the keyboard in certain apps
Pixel 4 Android Security Patch for May 2020

The May 2020 Android security update, as referenced, settled 15 security issues in a patch dated 2020-05-01 and 24 security issues in a patch dated 2020-05-05. These issues run from basic to direct, and bugs related with Qualcomm and MediaTek segments have likewise been fixed. The update fixes a basic bug that permits a remote attacker to execute random code through a malicious file. It additionally fixes another issue that permits a hacker to sidestep users’ acquisition requisites for permissions and access documents and rest of the content types on the phone.

The tech mammoth has additionally set out factory images to put a shine and flare to the Pixel devices. It is recommended to back up your data before blazing your Pixel smartphone with the new package as this will erase your existing data. Note that the phones need to run on the most recent Android 10 version to get the May 2020 security updates.

To sum up

The April security patch has not only taken the wraps off this feature; but it has also enabled it by default on Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL devices. To check it, once you introduce the April 2020 security patch on your Pixel 4 or Pixel 4 XL and go to Settings - > Security - > Face Unlock, you will see that the ‘Require eyes to be open’ update is already enabled on Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL devices.