The face unlock for the Google Pixel 6 was missing when the phone was launched, despite leaks leading up to the reveal suggesting it would return. Now that feature may finally be on the way, but only for Pixel 6 Pro owners.
After looking at the code for the Android 12L update, 9to5Google was able to discover strings of code that referenced the long-rumored feature. The code is linked to the settings that allow users to enable facial recognition, fingerprint scanning, or both at the same time, and the fact that it can switch between the two indicates that it is a new code and not a remnant of Pixels. previous. This had previously been hinted at by other code finds shortly after the Pixel 6’s launch.
However, the funny thing is that this code was not present when 9to5Google looked for it on a base Pixel 6 with Android 12L. That seems to indicate that it will be exclusive to the Pro model, which is strange if true. Although the larger phone has a higher resolution selfie camera with a wider field of view, there doesn’t seem to be any good reason why the non-Pro Pixel 6 can’t get Face Unlock as well.
One final caveat: it’s labeled an experimental feature, which might suggest that we won’t see it on the Pixel 6 series for some time, or maybe we won’t see it at all. Maybe Google will make us wait for the Pixel 7 before we get another Pixel with Face Unlock?
Face Unlock, after being introduced to the Pixel 4 series, was dropped for last year’s Pixel 5. However, rumors prior to the launch of the Pixel 6 claimed that Google would bring the feature back, despite the Pixel 6 series having a lower display. fingerprint scanner and no additional sensors to make Face Unlock completely secure, as it is with Apple’s Face ID.
December Pixel Update
While face unlock is likely to be absent at some point for Pixel 6 Pro owners (and may never make it to the Pixel 6), Google’s latest feature has now dropped, after being delayed for the Pixel 6 and Pixel. 6 Pro
It comes with a bundle of welcome changes, including improvements to Now Playing and Near Share. You can read the full list of changes hereBut the bottom line is that it contains multiple bug fixes and improvements, the most important of which relates to the under-display fingerprint sensor. This was one of the most common Pixel 6 problems users encountered after launch, so it’s good that Google finally addressed it, hopefully forever.
There are some real new features in this update too. You can now see more information about battery charging in the notification shade, plus the battery temperature and wireless charging performance should now be better.
You’ll also see some updates to graphics support, the dynamic Material You theme for the home screen, improvements to the quick settings menu, and updates to the already excellent Pixel 6 camera system, in terms of stability, color and color. autofocus.