Instead, Google itself has warned users that their Pixel 4 can be unlocked even when their eyes are closed or if someone holds it in their face without them knowing. And in case you are anxious, you have to go through the hassle of activating lockdown mode on the Google Pixel 4 every day before taking a nap or going to sleep. Unlike Google, though, Face ID still requires ensures users to have their eyes open before fully unlocking the phone. In response to the worry that this tweet caused, Google told the BBC Thursday simply that "We will continue to improve Face Unlock over time" and that this is how the phone will go on sale next week.
More than 2 years after Apple launched the iPhone X with Face ID, Google has also gone all-in with face unlock on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. As it turns out though, there is a major security issue with face unlock on the Pixel 4. But the goal of having such hardware comes into question when it can unlock the phone even if the eyes are closed. The only concrete reference we know of that makes explicit mention of the Pixel 4 as a requirement is the same support document we mentioned before, and since that help page itself is specific to the phone (and not phrased the best), we can't be sure.
Still, even with this worrying function, Google seems steadfastly confident in the security of its face unlock feature.
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It doesn't appear to be an oversight, either, since one of the many, many, many Pixel 4 leaks showed a setting in the face unlock menu labelled, "Require eyes to be open".
There are actually only two face authorization solutions that meet the bar for being super-secure. The users who think them as a drawback will now have to wait for more secure systems or rely on old way code unlock feature.