Google Pixel 4 ‘Face Recognition’ Not Much Good With Face Masks; Pixel 5, LUCKILY, Will Go Back To Fingerprint.
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The timing could NOT have been worse for Google. Even they would not have been able to predict that face masks would be in vogue in mid-2020.
Yes, most of the time I can keep my Google 4 ‘unlocked’ due to its proximity to my TRUSTED Garmin Fenix 6 smartwatches.
The problem arises when I try to use ‘SMART PAY’. And ironically that is also related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I would rather not touch credit card readers.
But, the phone, for good reason, needs you to verify that it is indeed you trying to use ‘Smart Pay’. Therein lies the problem.
I have NOT been a fan of ‘face recognition’. It works BUT it always seems finicky. Touch-and-go. I much preferred the fingerprint reader. I will HAVE to get a Pixel 5 just for that. SMILE. Well, I will keep you posted.
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True, this hasn’t happened as yet, and the Google Pixel 5 is not going to be available until October 2020. Based on what they have seen in the Android 11 code, so far, it looks fairly certain that Google will get this neat feature into the Pixel 5 (which would also mean that I will have to upgrade from my Pixel 4).
Yes, it is true that the battery in the Pixel 4 isn’t the greatest. But, the whole world knows that. Google will fix that come the ‘5’. Of that I am fairly sure.
So, what does this mean. Wireless charging of COMPATIBLE devices. Hold it close to a Pixel 5, which has the SHARE feature enabled, and you can get battery boost from the Pixel. Like jumpering a car. Neat.
Will Google ever let Garmin be compatible? That is what concerns I.
Yes, Garmin now has Solar Charging and by Black Friday we should have that on the Fenix 7, the Instinct and the next Forerunner. That is all good. But, battery sharing will be more ‘powerful’, in every way, to Solar. Would be a bummer if Garmin is forever excluded.
Unlikely that Apple or Samsung will go out of their way to support Garmin with their, inevitable, variations of SHARE.
So, where will this leave Garmin?
I care. I love my Garmin watches (and yes, I have three.).