Samsung Galaxy S8 facial recognition feature was tricked by a selfie

Yolanda Curtis
April 5, 2017

In terms of the specifications of the special Microsoft edition of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, the smartphones will come packed with Cortana voice-based virtual assistant, alongside Samsung's very own Bixby and Google Assistant. Probably it's not a mid-range device.

"As more super widescreen Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, become available, you'll have more opportunities to display more content and create more engaging experiences with your app".

The device's key feature is the display. Rather than that for me, I am not comfortable.


It should be noted that Samsung seems to know Face Unlock may not be the best option for fans of security. It wasn't instantaneous, and required moving the second handset around until the locked device eventually detected the image and unlocked itself - but the whole process took only a few seconds.

The facial recognition unlock on the new Galaxy S8 was one of the features Samsung talked up at the launch, but a video has already emerged showing it being tricked by a photo of the user.

Yes, that's right, for the first time Samsung Galaxy S phone owners can swap the back button to the left hand-side of the phone, where it is located on every other Android handset.


Even though biometric security features have been found to be vulnerable to hackers earlier as well, Samsung has pitched facial recognition along with the iris scanner as secure authentication features that help you enhance the protection of your device.

A YouTube channel named iDeviceHelp tried testing the Galaxy S8's advertised face recognition software.

The Galaxy S8 is finally official, and I have to say it's an wonderful device. The second surprise though, was that Samsung had teamed up with Microsoft to sell a "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S8.


Now, you can swiftly unlock your screen using iris scanning and facial recognition technology, a definite step above the ol' fingerprint scanner (which you can still use, if you're the old-school type).

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