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Unlock your Android using voice recognition as Google launch Trusted Voice

Just say 'OK Google' to unlock your smartphone

Your smartphone will soon be able to use its in-built voice recognition software to respond to a command of ‘OK Google’ and unlock your phone without you having to touch a button.

However, Google themselves have admitted that, much like the Trusted Face unlock method, that it is not particularly secure as someone who sounds like you could unlock your phone. Trusted Face came in for criticism when it was first introduced as someone who looks similar or holds up a photo of you could unlock your phone, but Google has since tightened up that area.

Only a handful of devices have got the update so we will have to get back to you on how well it works in noisy environments and if talking to your Android Wear device could accidentally activate it, but the development is an interesting one.

The Trusted Voice setting will be found under the Smart Lock menu in your security settings but as it stands, it’s probably not advisable to have Trusted Voice as your sole method of phone security and we’d always suggest having a PIN code, or pattern.

Do you think you’d ever use Trusted Voice or is it a fairly pointless update? Let us know in the comments.

Also, if you fancy learning more about the latest flagship device to hit the high street – the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, check out Android magazine issue 49, which is in shops and online now.