Android’s 5.0 Lollipop update will be available soon, and may come with a hidden security feature. The “Trusted Face” feature, which promises to be an improved version of its facial recognition software, might make standard passwords a thing of the past.
Trusted Face uses facial recognition to unlock a user’s phone. In the past, the feature took too long to unlock and it could easily be hacked by holding a photo of the user in front of the device. However, Lollipop’s update comes with a faster, more secure version.
Trusted Face is a way for Android to compete with Apple’s seamless fingerprint identification system, which has proven highly successful. However, users will still be able to input a regular security code if they desire.