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Over the last few years, people almost all over the world have begun to become heavily dependent on smartphones for almost everything.

Although there are many smartphone based operating systems, those operating on Google’s very own Android are the most popular and sought after. One main reason for this is that updates to apps or any other feature take place often take place on Android more than any other operating system. Another key factor is that you can take your pick from a plethora of manufacturers for your Android smartphone.

One interesting aspect that Google is working on for Android smartphones to help you is face or object recognition. For this, the giant leader is all set to team up for partnership with an image recognition company Movidius to incorporate this concept in your smartphone. Interestingly, Google plans on integrating this technology along with the existing hardware configuration of its smartphones rather than relying on communication with remote data centers. This can be very useful during security transactions that need to identify individuals to make payment transactions.

This technology can save you the embarrassment of seeing a person you have met only once before but not recognizing him or her. Your smartphone will not only identify people and objects you encounter but also store them in its memory. This can help the device assist you in recalling the person you met at the supermarket or during your evening walk. Not just faces, with image recognition built into the smartphones, they will also be able to identify previously seen objects, translate signs for you, and assist blind people in finding their way to where they want to go. These real time applications can make the lives of smartphone users easier than before.The ability of your smartphone to recognize something without having to rely on remote servers can have a great impact on turnaround time, with the results being displayed faster.

When this technology rolls out, you will be able to say good bye to locking your handset with a number lock or a pattern connecting various dots. Your smartphone will allow it to be unlocked only if it recognize your face. Now, how much safer can your smartphone and its contents get with this technology?

Google has made it clear that this is not the first time it is partnering with Movidius. The earlier tieup between the two firms was for Google’s Project Tango 3D to offer area learning, depth perception, and motion tracking in Android’s smartphones.

Once facial recognition is implemented, you will no longer have to rely on the face unlock option currently available. The present faceunlocksetup is quite simple on your Android device. A simple manipulation in the Settings menu will do the trick. Click on the Settings icon and scroll to the Personal section. Tap on this and you will be presented with a horde of options. Choose the Face Unlock option. You will be given guidelines on how to set up a photo for facial recognition. Click Continue and proceed to take your photo. If the process gets through successfully, you will see a face captured screen.

However, there are some unforeseen instances where your smartphone could fail to identify your face. To help you unlock your handset in such cases, a backup method of either PIN or Pattern unlock must be chosen. If you choose Pattern, choose a pattern connecting at least four randomly chosen dots in a 3 x 3 matrix. In either case, you will be prompted to enter the pin or dot pattern a second time for reconfirmation.

Once you set up the face unlock feature, you can get started with this very easily. All you have to do is to turn on your smartphone and activate the front facing camera. Make sure you position yourself similar to how you did to set up the Face Unlock function. Remember that the extent of closeness match is very essential. However if the smartphone does not recognize the pattern, the device will give you a second chance to unlock it by prompting you for the dot or pin pattern.

It is to be noted that the face unlocking mechanism is not a very secure option. However, the face recognition feature that Google promises to roll out shortly will be far more safer than the face unlocking option.