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Want the Galaxy S8 face unlocking on your next iPhone? Not so fast, cowboy.

Furia de Titanes: comparamos las especificaciones del Galaxy S8 y S8+ con el iPhone 7 y 7 Plus.

“This city isn’t big enough for the both of us,” Touch ID told the Galaxy S8 face scanner before the duel. Something like this must have happened between the two biometric authentication systems, because some lucky people who are already trying out Samsung’s new system have left it in a bad way . And that’s because the face scanner can be easily overcome with a simple photo of the terminal owner. This opens the door to all kinds of intruders with access to social networks.

Samsung: “Not the most reliable way of authentication”

Want the Galaxy S8 face unlocking on your next iPhone? Not so fast, cowboy.Want the Galaxy S8 face unlocking on your next iPhone? Not so fast, cowboy.

When Samsung executives unveiled the new Galaxy S8 and its big brother the Galaxy S8+, they mentioned up to five ways to authenticate the user . They are these:

  1. Fingerprint sensor.
  2. Facial recognition sensor.
  3. Iris sensor.
  4. Password.
  5. Unlocking pattern.

Both the face sensor and the iris sensor are a way of tackling the problem of placing the finger sensor behind the device. The Korean chaebol has raised the “Infinity” screen as the flag of this generation and that meant bringing the fingerprint sensor to the back. As a result, unlocking the terminal while standing on the table is not as convenient as with a Touch ID type sensor.

Therefore, the solution was to bring not one but two new authentication systems: facial and iris recognition. However, the former has already proven not to be as secure as Samsung indicated in its presentation. In the video above you can see how in the YouTube channel iDeviceHelp they used a picture of the user to unlock the Galaxy S8. However, it takes several seconds.

The company itself has recognized that its face detection system is not the most reliable way to authenticate itself. Which makes one wonder why they have included it if it is not , at least, at the level of the fingerprint sensor.

Apple and the iPhone of 2017

We don’t have a name for the next iPhone yet, but we have heard numerous rumors about this terminal. One of the most persistent is that the fingerprint reader is integrated with the screen, instead of being placed on the back . The disappearance of the Home button integrating Touch ID is a constant in these leaks due to the search that Apple is supposedly doing towards an iPhone with less frames.

Another option that is shuffled around is precisely facial recognition. A few days ago, Miguel Lopez was already warning us about this:

It seems that Miguel has hit the nail on the head by asking that if Apple opts for this technology, it should do so in such a way that it does not fall before a simple photo. It is true that the Touch ID sensor is not infallible and that it can be overcome if you have enough effort and means. But it’s not nearly as easy as taking a photo of the user and placing it in front of their phone.

The anticipation for the next iPhone is reaching high levels. Three years with the same design means that there is a sector of users who expect something that is new inside and out. We’ll see how this story ends in a few months.

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