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Ice Cream Sandwich’s Face Unlock may be fooled by photos

Face Unlock is one of the most exciting new features for Ice Cream Sandwich but, according to a Google spokesperson, the idea that hackers could access your smartphone using a photo of your face “might work“.

Accepting Google’s claim this innovative piece of technology “will only get better”, this is still a significant setback for Android 4.0 if found to be the case. The Ice Cream Sandwich feature should only allow use of a handset when it recognises ‘real’ facial features.

The possibility of such a bug occurring had previously been denied by Android developer Tim Bray, who when responding to an accusation Face Unlock was hackable stated, “Nope. Give us some credit.”

It seems we’ll only get to the bottom of this debate, when Ice Cream Sandwich is released in November.

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