According to a new report out of South Korea, LG is planning to add some new features to its latest flagship smartphone, the G6. Starting sometime in June, the company will be releasing a new software update for the smartphone to add new 3D facial recognition software. It should be noted that Samsung already offers facial recognition tech on its new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones.
LG will be using facial recognition tech from Oez, the company that developed OezFR software. Oez was apparently chosen as its facial recognition software is quite easy to apply to contactless biometric technology in older LG flagships such as the V20 and the G5. The software doesn’t take up much resources either, consuming no more than 3.5 to 5MB. Additionally, the software integrates a host of security mechanisms that ensure it cannot be hacked using pictures. So far, all facial recognition systems, including the ones used by Samsung in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, have proved to be insecure as they could easily be tricked using photos.
Currently the company is said to be negotiating and conducting a series of test to make sure it can iron out all bugs with the feature. Once all the testing is done, it will be rolling out the feature to G6 units in June, which is also when it will be starting its LG Pay mobile payment service. While the report does not confirm it, there is a possibility that LG might use facial recognition system to authorize payments made by LG Pay, in addition to the fingerprint scanner. If that happens, LG will be the first smartphone maker to use facial recognition as one of the means to authorize mobile payments. However, it certainly won’t be the last, as Apple too is rumored to be working on a contactless authentication system that uses 3D cameras to scan the user’s face.
While it all sounds pretty impressive on paper, we will need to wait until June to find out if LG will really have a “secure” facial recognition system ready for the G6.