Recently spotted by Android Police, a new setting for the Google Pixel 4’s face unlock has appeared in the settings, but you can only see it by searching for it. The setting is called “Require eyes to be open” and would only authorize face unlock with the user’s eyes open, y’know – as intended.
The option is only accessibly by searching for it in the Settings, but the actual toggle is currently disabled. Google must be preparing to release an update that will finally fix the Pixel 4’s face unlock to only unlock when it detects the user’s eyes are open.
The Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL were both released with new radar-based hardware under the “Project Soli” moniker. With it, it promised motion-based controls and 3D face unlock. It delivered both, but severely half-baked. One of the most criticized aspects of the radar hardware is that face unlock will unlock the device even if the user’s eyes are closed. It has been almost 5 months at this point and Google has yet to address this.
When the iPhone X was first released, Face ID had the “Require Attention for Face ID” option in the Face ID menu. It’s been almost five months since the Pixel 4 duo was released and we’re still waiting for Google to fix its face unlock security. We really wish that companies didn’t rush incomplete products to the market