Plenty of Android smartphones support some type of face unlock feature, but unfortunately not many of them are all that secure.
Phones that rely solely on the front-facing camera to recognize a user’s profile are much more easily fooled than more advanced setups, such as Apple’s Face ID technology.
Apple’s Face ID combines the phone’s front-facing camera, ToF sensor, IR illuminator, and dot projector to offer more secure facial recognition for users.
Those extra sensors can mean the difference between you unlocking your phone and someone else unlocking your phone with a photo of you.
It appears Google’s next major version of Android will attempt to make facial recognition much more secure across the Android ecosystem.
Our friends at XDA Developers have been rooting around an early build of Android Q and noticed dozens of strings relating to facial recognition built into the framework, SystemUI, and settings APKs.