Android has had its own face unlock feature built into the platform for years, but it wasn’t until Apple introduced Face ID that people started to care. Since then, smartphone OEMs have started utilizing the feature in a way that is faster and more secure than it used to be. It still isn’t as accurate as the iPhone X due to it using specialized hardware, but it gets the job done. We’ve seen companies like OnePlus and Honor adding this feature to their current and past devices. Now the Huawei Mate 10 series is receiving this feature and smart lock screen notifications in China.
For OnePlus, their Face Unlock feature debuted on the OnePlus 5T but then the company ported it down to both the OnePlus 5 as well as the OnePlus 3/3T. Honor is another OEM who has been working hard to add Face Unlock to their devices with the feature coming to the Honor 9 Lite, Honor 10 View, Honor 7X, Honor 9. There’s even been a port from the developer community here at XDA that brings it to the Honor 8 and Huawei P10 Plus.
As you can tell, facial authentication has been a highly requested feature and has made its way to a number of devices throughout the industry. We have just learned that the entire Huawei Mate 10 series will all be receiving an update in China that brings this Face Unlock feature. It’s coming alongside a big update that will bring the device up to EMUI version 22.214.171.124SP2. This authentication feature is only possible with the screen is awake, though, so Huawei has added a raise to wake feature as well.
Once enabled, when the device detects that the phone has been raised up, it will display the lock screen. This way, if you have the Face Unlock feature enabled it can instantly start the scanning process to authenticate the user. This feature raised concerns about sensitive data being seen on the lock screen, so there’s a feature that allows you set notifications on the lock screen to a hidden mode. That way you can see which applications have notifications waiting on you, but you won’t see the contents of that notification until you unlock the device.
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