Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, & Nokia 8 will get Face Unlock in an update
Nokia and HMD Global have been a controversial duo in the eyes of the enthusiast community. On the one hand, they’ve been releasing some great devices, but on the other, they’ve also been neglecting the developer community by not releasing kernel source code or providing bootloader unlocking. Now according to Nokia’s Twitter account, the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 8, and the Nokia 8 Sirocco will all receive face unlock support in a future update.
@deepalakshmii Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6, as well as the Nokia 8 will get face unlock as an OTA update in the coming months
— Nokia Mobile (@Nokiamobile) June 23, 2018
While it’s great to see that Nokia has further plans for the already released devices, it does make you wonder in what manner will the functionality be implemented. We could see a modified version of the face unlock feature already found in Smart Unlock, or it could be an entirely in-house developed method by HMD Global themselves. There is no information as to whether we will see other Nokia devices receive face unlocking officially at a later date. Whether face unlocking is secure or not is another debate to be had, but it’s certainly a feature of convenience to many users rather than one used for tight security.
The use of the phrase “in the coming months” means that we could actually see it bundled with Android P as well, as we already know that all of HMD Global and Nokia’s phones will receive the upgrade to Android P. This would then be released alongside a slew of brand new features that comes with the update too, including gestures and a revamped UI. The Nokia 7 Plus has been supported especially well, receiving a beta update to Android P Beta 2, which you can install on your own device if you wish.
While the companies have certainly been shrouded in controversy, one thing is for sure. Their devices have been excellently supported (mostly) and they deserve credit for that. We’ll be watching and waiting to see if the Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, and the Nokia 8 get face unlock any time in the near future.