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Galaxy S8’s facial recognition system is easily fooled by a photo

Aside from the (badly placed) fingerprint sensor and the iris recognition system, Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and S8+ also come with a third biometric authentication option: facial recognition. So far so good. But if you expected this to be any better than similar efforts from many, many years back… well, get ready to be disappointed.

Like the Face Unlock feature Google added to the Ice Cream Sandwich release of Android way back in 2011, Samsung’s new facial recognition system can be easily fooled by showing it a photo of the person that has set up his or her face as trusted. The proof is in the short video below.