Now You Can Unlock an Android Phone With Two Words
There are so many locks, pins, and codes, it can be a little much. I pull my phone out every three minutes or so; I’m not trying to enter my security code each time. That’s why Android’s newest update, Android 5.0 Lollipop, allows you to skip the security check if you enable one of two new features.
The first feature is the “Trusted Device,” which allows you to bypass the security check if you’re connected to a specific Bluetooth device. The second is “Trusted Face,” which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone.
Now Google has added “Trusted Voice,” which, as you probably assumed, allows you to use your voice to unlock the phone. All you have to do is say “OK Google,” and that will act as your password. Voice commands are a central part of Google’s Android device, but some get blocked by the lock screen. “Trusted Voice” will solve that problem, and help make your device more hands off.
This update doesn’t come without problems, though. When you enable “Trusted Voice” on your phone, a warning will pop-up: “Trusted voice is less secure than a pattern, pin, or password. Someone with a similar voice or a recording of your voice could unlock your voice.” Eek, that’s not what I want to hear when I’m trying to secure my phone.
But don’t fret, it’s your choice whether you want this feature on your phone or not. I would wait until Google can at least guarantee someone with a similar voice can’t access my phone before enabling “Trusted Voice.” That’s just me, though.
Google has added more smart locks than “Trusted Voice” to Android 5.0 Lollipop, too. There’s “Trusted Places,” which will unlock your phone when you’re in selected places like your office or your home arcade. Then there’s “On-body Detection,” which unlocks the phone when it’s in your pocket. Of course, all of these smart locks decrease the security of your phone. However, at the end of the day, it seems more convenience equals less security.