If you’ve heard me on one of our recent podcasts, you know that I’m not a big fan of notches, especially on Android phones. The iPhone X from last year introduced this monstrosity and Android manufacturers were (VERY) quick to copy. The iPhone X’s notch at least had a purpose – it housed new facial recognition tech that replaced their iconic home button (and, of course, Touch ID). Android phones simply adopted the notch to copy Apple without including new tech (it did enlarge the screen, however, but with a chin). Huawei’s new Mate 20 Pro is supposed to have an advanced facial recognition feature inside its giant notch, but it looks like it’s being easily fooled.
Android Pit is reporting that their Huawei Mate 20 Pro test unit has been fooled by two different staff members with similar beards and hair styles. Huawei’s new system makes a 3D map of faces, which supposedly makes it all but impossible to fool with a flat image like a photograph. It’s a problem, however, if people with similar features can simply unlock each other’s phones.
Android Pit claimed that when one staff member was simply looking at another’s device, it unlocked without even a deliberate attempt to fool the system. Following multiple deletions and re-scanning of faces, the system was still able to be fooled. A screenshot from their video (below) shows that both have similar features, but are clearly not identical.
To its credit, Huawei does have a disclaimer that the software isn’t perfect and can be fooled by similar faces or objects. It’s also noted by Android Pit that the phone was a pre-release unit, which could have software that isn’t final. And Huawei claims that they can’t replicate the issue, even with identical twins.
The bottom line is if you’re going to have a massive notch, your facial recognition tech should make it worth it. Hopefully Huawei can fix this with software updates if it becomes a widespread issue.
Source: Android Authority