What you need to know
- Frequent Faces is a new feature for the Google Camera which would recognize and focus on people you take photos of frequently.
- Face data will be saved locally on the device, will not be shared with other apps, and will be deleted if you disable the feature.
- It's possible the feature could debut along with the Pixel 4 smartphones at the Made by Google event on October 15.
We are now less than a week away from the Made by Google event which will launch the latest Pixel 4 smartphones and other new Google hardware. The leaks leading up to the launch have been plentiful and there appears to be no stopping them.
We're even learning of new features from the most unlikely of places, such as Frequent Faces that was discovered in the Google Camera 7.1 APK for Wear OS. The new Frequent Faces feature will enable Google Camera to recognize and focus on people you take photos of most frequently.
Frequent Faces was first spotted by modder cstark27 over on XDA-Developers, and depending on who you ask, Frequent Faces could be seen as extremely useful or insanely creepy. It's a fine line that Google likes to walk.
In an effort to make it seem much less creepy, face data will only be stored on your device and no other apps will have access to the data. You can also take some reassurance in the fact that if you disable the feature all of the saved faces will be deleted.
Soon after the code was discovered, it was promptly removed from the app and we're uncertain whether it will be ready in time for the October 15 launch. All we know for sure is that Google is working on it and we'll be keeping an eye out for Frequent Faces during the event.
While Frequent Faces may or may not make it into the Google Camera app by launch, we previously covered the Google Camera 7.1 app release which included plenty of new features as well as a new redesign. Standouts from the 7.1 update included a new Social Share feature, Framing Hints, a level indicator, and Astrophotography.
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So facial recognition...
No way in Hades that data is staying only on the phone.
I could see it being useful in some situations, but I don't see all that facial recognition going on with just local processing.
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