Research: 40% of Android phones with face recognition can be unlocked by photos
With the launch of iPhone X, almost every Android manufacturer is eager to achieve face recognition on their smartphones. Manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei have implemented hardware-based solutions, but other vendors rely on selfie cameras to simply detect faces – which turns out to be not a good idea.
Consumentenbond, a non-profit organization in the Netherlands, collaborated with international partners to review 110 smartphones with facial recognition. 42 of these smartphones can be unlocked using photos found on social media or captured on a security camera.
Among them, Samsung’s 2018 high-end and mid-range products, all OnePlus phones, Huawei Mate 20 series, Motorola 2018 mobile phones and the latest flagship products of Asus, Honor, HTC and Oppo and all iPhones have passed the test. The LG G7, V35 and V40 passed the test at their highest security settings, but these products and Glory 7A failed at a lower security setting.
To see if your phone passes, check the full list here.