WhatsApp for Android will reportedly support face unlock soon

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As the title says, the new security features have been spotted in the Android version of WhatsApp, although there's no telling when they will be available for everyone.

Using a fingerprint or your face to protect your phone is pretty much standard practice these days, but the problem is once your phone is unlocked, the rest of its contents are pretty much open to everyone. The app has recently designed a new user interface for linking devices to an account. Using this feature, users will finally be able to silent both personal and group chats forever. Also, WhatsApp is testing the biometrics aspect of the app, it is trying to add the face unlock function. As per a new WABetaInfo finding, an upcoming WhatsApp feature will let users join an ongoing group call with the "Join Missed call" feature.

When trawling through the latest beta release on Android, @WABetaInfo found a redesigned Privacy page in the Settings menu in WhatsApp. This means that the app accepts all biometric unlocking methods used by smartphone and tablet manufacturers, including likes or iris scanning, face recognition, and more. "You can still take calls when WhatsApp is blocked".

Of course, there's no way of knowing when these new options will be available on Android.

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That being said, it should be noted that the strength of the facial recognition will depend on the system implemented by the smartphone manufacturer. While some are secured enough as authentification for financial transactions, others are not. With Pixel 4, Google has compared Apple's security level with facial recognition. This update comes with version number v2.20.203.3.

It's unknown when WhatsApp plans to roll out the feature in a stable update, but it's nice to know that it's on the way. However, biometrics have sped up the process, making entering apps via facial recognition or fingerprints quick and easy to use. "I would advise people not to use basic passcodes, and always make sure their phone locks immediately after use". The Facebook-owned messaging app is also working on bringing the biometric authentication feature on its Android app.

Unfortunately the adoption of face unlock on Android devices has been a bit slow, so only a few devices will be able to take advantage of the new feature.

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