Google moves to discontinue voice unlock on Android

26 October 2018
The Google Pixel 3 is the first phone to not include this feature.

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  • 29 Oct 2018

I use Google Assistant all the time with the phone in my pocket. It almost always unlocks and does what I ask. So great for reminders, timers, spell checks, gps etc. I'll really miss this if they take it away!

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    • Alejan
    • rJJ
    • 29 Oct 2018

    It never worked tho.. IDC.. I tried but a failed.

      I use this a lot on my U11.

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        • Anonymous
        • w7n
        • 28 Oct 2018

        Samsung Galaxy, 27 Oct 2018Useless and terrible feature to unlock phone as we all unlo... moreSo far no unlock feature is truly hands free, voice and facial/retina could be the ones but we all know how the process is like on iPhone so it's a shame this isn't secure enough but could this be combined with facial unlock so we can tell he phone to wake up then it just scan our face/retina. Good for people driving, or have their hands full or dirty.

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          • Anonymous
          • j5y
          • 28 Oct 2018

          Anonymous, 28 Oct 2018I don't care about unlocking the phone but it would be real... moreAnd as a bonus, it should be in all mights voice....

            Anonymous, 28 Oct 2018I don't care about unlocking the phone but it would be real... moreHahahahahah! I agree! I think there was a mod somewhere in XDA that actually enabled that. but it's in the archives afaik.

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              • MIa
              • 28 Oct 2018

              I don't care about unlocking the phone but it would be really useful if i misplace the phone somewhere is having G assistant just to answer to my shouting "i'm here"

                piku, 27 Oct 2018This never worked for meMy way was simply singing that phrase. IT ALWAYS worked this way. but lately I couldn't find that feature so it didn't bother me much.

                  Aww... It was the best way for me... Oh well.

                    Useless and terrible feature to unlock phone as we all unlock phone with fingerprint, iris, face or pattern that is much more convenient.

                      it never worked anyway, as all it does is turn the screen on, and it's a nightmare when you want to talk to your phone when driving, as you still need to manually unlock it to do anything.

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                        • PGS
                        • 27 Oct 2018

                        IMHO, this is a better implementation!
                        I'm using this feature regularly and it works almost all the time. But I do have a friend who's also using this feature and her phone gets unlocked by the voice of her daughter! Lolz... :D
                        So definitely, this needed to be fixed and it's nice that Google is at last doing it.
                        Cheers!

                          care to explain more about "Lock screen personal results"? is it safer than voice unlock?

                            AnonD-632062, 27 Oct 2018Smart choice. It's high time that companies stop gimmicky u... moreWell until now i never known something like this existed and was implemented in phones.

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                              • DkA
                              • 27 Oct 2018

                              This never worked for me

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                                • 27 Oct 2018

                                AnonD-632062, 27 Oct 2018Smart choice. It's high time that companies stop gimmicky u... moreYou don't actually have to use it. I find it a neat trick. Useless, but neat nonetheless.

                                  where is pixel 3 review?im dying to see that and camera performance.but just dont send us one of those XR likes

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                                    • s81
                                    • 27 Oct 2018

                                    Seriously.. No matter what I had to refrain from enabling even the normal "Hey Google" command even when my phone is unlocked because a lot of times it won't even recognize my voice! It is such an insult in front of someone when Google Assistant doesn't respond on your very first command.. or Second.. or Third!!!!
                                    Seriously.. its very irritating.

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                                      • 3Ye
                                      • 27 Oct 2018

                                      Smart choice. It's high time that companies stop gimmicky unlock features taken right out of sci-fi movies like voice unlock and face unlock, that can be tricked easily by twins or similar-sounding and looking people. Cases in point:

                                      https://www.gsmarena.com/huawei_mate_20_pros_face_unlocking_gets_fooled_quite_easily-news-33827.php
                                      https://www.gsmarena.com/moms_iphone_x_unlocked_via_faceid_by_son-news-28260.php
                                      https://www.gsmarena.com/oneplus_6s_face_unlock_gets_fooled_by_a_photo-news-31370.php

                                      It is much better to go with something that is nearly unique to everyone like an iris scan or the old trusty, fingerprint scanner.