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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


The Pixel 4 will copy Require AttentionLike Apple’s iPhone X, XS, and 11, Google’s new flagship Pixel 4 smartphone can unlock by recognizing your face. However, the company quickly came under fire when it was revealed that the device can be unlocked even when the owner is asleep, simply by someone else holding it up to their face.

With iPhones, there is a Requires Attention toggle. When this is on, your iPhone will only unlock if your eyes are open and you are actually looking at the screen. Google has now said that it plans to copy at least the first part of this requirement.

Google this evening confirmed to The Verge that it’s “been working on an option for users to require their eyes to be ope…

Android 4.4 Software Updates KitKat arrive for several models of devices

 
Android 4.4 Software Updates KitKat arrive for several models of devices


Various devices have been receiving the latest updates from Android 4.4 software KitKat in recent weeks. Devices Samsung (KRX: 005930), HTC (TPE: 2498) and Sony (NYSE: SNE) can now upgrade to any version of Android 4.4.3 or Android 4.4.4 software.  

Many of these devices are getting their last update before Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) launches new Android operating system L. It is expected that the new software to be released in November and manufacturers like HTC have committed to start updating their devices within 90 days of their initial release.

Meanwhile, find details about the latest Android updates below. To check if the device has an Android update available, access Settings> About phone updates> Software.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The XDA Developers forum members say the Verizon Galaxy S5 are upgrading to Android 4.4.4. Sprint has also hinted that his model Galaxy S5 soon be upgraded to Android 4.4.4.

Sprint Galaxy Note 3

Samsung has confirmed the note Sprint Galaxy 3 is now updated to Android 4.4.4. The update includes support HD icon voice international call access, security patches Google, Knox and Kid Mode 2.0.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4

T-Mobile has confirmed its Galaxy S4 are upgrading to Android 4.4.4. The device will also receive free support texting while flying T-Mobile.

Verizon HTC One M8

HTC has confirmed the Verizon HTC One M8 are upgrading to Android 4.4.3. The device will also receive the power save mode Ultra HTC with the upgrade.

AT & T HTC one M8

HTC has stopped the Android 4.4.3 update for the AT & T HTC One M8, indicating the software caused severe battery discharge. The update has not yet resumed.

T-Mobile HTC One M7

HTC has confirmed the T-Mobile HTC One M7 are upgrading to Android 4.4.3. The update will include Wi-Fi calling enhancements, among other fixes and new features.

Sony Xperia Z Line

Sony has confirmed the Xperia Z, Z Tablet Xperia, Xperia Xperia ZL and ZR are upgrading to Android 4.4.4. The update includes the battery and performance of email updates, enhancements to multimedia messages, calendar, Wi-Fi, contacts and other applications and other bug fixes and improvements.

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iPhone Feature Request: Copy ‘Skip Lock Screen’ feature from Google’s Pixel 4

Face Unlock on Google’s Pixel 4 is less secure than the iPhone’s Face ID, but it does have one feature I’d like to see Apple copy: Skip Lock Screen.

Copying that would be perfectly fair, as Google has recently confirmed that it will be copying at least part of Face ID’s Require Attention feature…


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