Codebreaker

Jelly Bean wants to make sure you’re alive

John Moe Jul 2, 2012

Talking about the new Jelly Bean operating system for Android, that is. No actual jelly bean cares if you’re alive; they’re candy. Google has been offering a “face unlock” feature for a while now where you can set your phone to unlock only if it recognizes you. But couldn’t I steal someone’s phone and then hold up a picture of that person? Well, yeah, maybe, but the new version of Android’s OS will require that you blink, thus proving you’re a real person standing there and not some photo. Neat!

From Gizmodo:

So in Android 4.1 it ought to be a little tougher to fool thanks to the optional blink detection setting, unless you print out a life-sized photo of the owner, cut out holes for the eyes and blink through the holes. Which is probably a bit too much fuss for the chance to read someone else’s mundane SMS messages.

 

As a nonprofit news organization, our future depends on listeners like you who believe in the power of public service journalism.

Your investment in Marketplace helps us remain paywall-free and ensures everyone has access to trustworthy, unbiased news and information, regardless of their ability to pay.

Donate today — in any amount — to become a Marketplace Investor. Now more than ever, your commitment makes a difference.