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Google Pixel Phones April Update, Pixel 4 Gets Eyes Open Option for Face Unlock

Google Pixel 4 phones are getting a new software update that brings an upgrade to Face Unlock and April Android security patch. The latest update rolled out adds an option to ‘eyes to be open’ when using the security feature Face Unlock to unlock Google Pixel 4 smartphones. Google has released a security patch for Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a models in April that contains multiple bug fixes.

The company added that the over-the-air update (OTA) would be introduced in “phases depending on the carrier and the user”. Google Pixel users can test the update in Advanced in the settings menu under System Update.

Google has added the option to start with the updated face unlock feature, where users can select “require eyes to be open” to unlock Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL phones. At the time when the company released the Google Pixel 4 phones, many feared that the absence of this requirement would compromise the smartphone’s overall security.

However, the tech giant had announced that new Pixel 4 phones would receive the update shortly after its launch. Google took almost five months to add the option to its Face Unlock app. Google Pixel 4 users can also turn off the Face Unlock Setting ‘eyes to be open’ specification.

In the meantime, other Google Pixel models including Google Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3a also receive the latest security patch from April. The security update addresses a variety of Bluetooth and keyboard-related issues, as seen on the Google Community portal. Here are some notable fixes that Google is rolling out:

Category Improvements Devices
Bluetooth Fix for memory leak which can prevent additional BLE connections Pixel 2/XL, Pixel 3/XL, Pixel 3a/XL, Pixel 4/XL
Bluetooth Fix for dropped Bluetooth audio input in call in certain scenarios Pixel 2/XL, Pixel 3/XL, Pixel 3a/XL, Pixel 4/XL
Framework Fix for occasional lag while opening keyboard in certain apps Pixel 2/XL, Pixel 3/XL, Pixel 3a/XL, Pixel 4/XL

Google launched new AR filters in the Duo app in March, a Dark Theme scheduling feature and other upgrades.

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