Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 Soc a couple of days ago, which we expect to power the most expensive smartphones in 2022. However, one of its features might be a nightmare for some individuals.
To increase the speed with which devices may be unlocked using face recognition, the manufacturer points out that its new processor will allow smartphone makers to keep the selfie camera always On. If we look at this revelation only from a practical standpoint, we can see the benefits.
The concept is appealing because imagining your phone unlocking when you look at it, Soundainteresting to me because If you turn away or someone else looks at your screen, it can either lock. The manufacturer does nothing but provide a visual equivalent to our smartphones’ voice assistants, who listen to us continually if we want to activate them.
The truth hurts a little
Qualcomm’s “always-on camera” merely keeps the shutter open until your trombone arrives on the field. According to The Verge, connected home accessories that rely on face recognition aren’t all that different. Connected hubs and smart doorbells also use face scanning to authenticate you. However, they are not items that we carry around with us all day. And this functionality creates a significant security risk. What if the camera in question is suddenly permitted to record everything indefinitely?