During today’s Made by Google event, the company revealed that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will feature Face Unlock. Google has also been known to share new features with older Pixel models, so those who own the Pixel 6 Pro are hoping this feature will make its way to last year’s premium model, although that’s not something which seems to be in the cards after today’s event. Google told us later that day that it had nothing to share at this point.
Google announces Face Unlock for the Pixel 7 series
Unlike the Pixel 4 series and the iPhone, the new Pixels don’t include the sensors used for facial recognition on those phones. Google said it plans to use “advanced machine learning models” powered by the new Google Tensor 2 to implement Face Unlock for new Pixel models. This would appear to prevent the Pixel 6 Pro from receiving the feature, although other alternative methods may still be in play.
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Google also told us that the under-display fingerprint sensor on the new phones is a big improvement over the biometric reader in the Pixel 6 lineup. The company said, “Compared to the Pixel 6, the Pixel 7 devices use a new generation of under-display fingerprint sensor with higher performance, including a 30% latency improvement, to help deliver a more seamless unlock experience.”