Ever since Apple introduced Face ID to the iPhone X last year, the rumors have been running rampant that Android OEMs are expected to follow suit. To date we have yet to see an OEM offer up a similar solution to what Apple has, but could Google be next? According to a recent APK teardown by XDA, there are signs to suggest that they could be.
Based on the APK teardown of Google Assistant, it has been discovered that a feature called “face match” is in the works. This is actually not the first time that this feature has been spotted as previously Android Police spotted a settings in Assistant that was codenamed “Avocado”. Details about the feature are scarce, but based on its name alone, it would seem that this could be some kind of facial recognition feature.
Google already has its “Trust Face” feature that has been hanging out for a while already, so there is a good chance that Face Match is a new feature that is meant to act as an upgrade or replacement of it. There have also been rumors that the Pixel 3 might be sporting upgraded dual front-facing cameras, and so Face Match could be a new feature that could be exclusive to the phone.
In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully Google will have more details to share when they officially announce their new Pixel phones in October.