Facial recognition feature in development for Google Assistant

A new Google Assistant feature called “Face Match” has been found in the code of the latest version of the Google app, XDA-Developers reports.

The code in the newly released Google App 8.16 indicates that Face Match involves metadata, image, and video information, and Assistant settings include a page for Face Match enrollment. It also cross-references with a feature code-named “Avocado,” which requires Android’s camera permission.

The feature would presumably replace Google’s Trusted Face service, which is not widely used.

XDA-Developers says it has not seen evidence that the feature will be available on the Google Pixel 3, slated for launch in October.

There has been mounting evidence that Android will feature more facial recognition technology in the future, as an API for native support for facial recognition authentication on Android was recently reported, and Google researchers published a paper weeks ago describing a method for improving facial recognition performance on mobile devices.

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