Huawei update to enable facial recognition

Across latest smartphones.

Huawei Australia is rolling out a new firmware update for its smartphones from now until the end of July, which allows users to unlock their home screen through facial recognition technology. This complements the existing fingerprint scanning and password unlock features.

The Face Unlock firmware update will be available across: P-Series (P10, P20, P20 Pro), Mate Series (Mate9, Mate10, Mate10 Pro) and nova Series (nova3e, nova 2lite, nova 2i). Huawei has also confirmed a local commitment to bi-monthly firmware updates across a wide range of their smartphones.

By creating a facial profile, users will have the option of either using ‘Face Unlock: Direct Unlock’ (that unlocks the screen automatically) or ​’​Face Unlock: Slide to Unlock​’ ​(that requires the user to swipe the screen once their face is recogni​s​ed).

‘Direct Unlock’​ ​incorporates motion sensing and recogni​s​es when the phone is picked up to minimi​s​​​​e user effort, with the ‘Slide to Unlock’ method allowing users to check the time and notifications without unlocking their phone.

Face Unlock Feature on the Huawei nova 3e device

Huawei Australia managing director of consumer business, Larking Huang said, “Huawei is committed to improving our new and existing customers’ experiences. We hope our customers will continue to find great enjoyment from using their Huawei smartphones. Face Unlock is a feature that has been, until now, limited to premium smartphones. Huawei is proud to be able to bring this feature to a wider, more accessible range of smartphones.

“We are a leading innovator in smartphone technology and we will continue to provide Australian users with cutting edge products, which complement their needs and lifestyle – without having to break the bank. This firmware update ensures the majority of our phones released over the past two years, beyond our 2018 smartphone releases, feature Face Unlock capabilities.”

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