HMD Global, the company that makes Nokia-branded smartphones, continues to release improvements for its devices months after they hit the market. It recently launched the Pro Camera mode for the Nokia 8 after promising a few months back that it would release camera improvements for the device. The company has now confirmed that it will soon release the face unlock feature for four of its smartphones.
Face unlock will enable users of the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco to unlock their handsets with facial recognition. It merits mentioning here, though, that this feature won’t be as secure as Apple’s Face ID for example, given that these handsets don’t have any 3D sensors or advanced equipment.
The face unlock feature on these devices will simply rely on the front camera and as we have already seen, it’s possible to easily fool the system. 2D face unlock functionality is more for convenience than it is for security.
That being said, HMD Global has now confirmed that it’s going to release the face unlock feature for the Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 8, and Nokia 8 Sirocco via an over-the-air update in the coming months. It hasn’t provided a confirmed release date at this point in time, though.