Intune MAM support for Android face unlock
New Android devices (Pixel 4) don't provide fingerprint unlock.
Users must then use PIN unlock.
Suggestion is to add MAM support for Face unlock on Android, to bring it to the same parity level as iOS - https://microsoftintune.uservoice.com/forums/291681-ideas/suggestions/32395231-intune-mam-support-for-ios-face-id
This is open since the last 10 months. Any updates on it?
Víctor Marino commented
@Mark, Microsoft doesn't need to choose which "standard" to support.
The new Biometrics API is an update over the previous fingerprint API, encompasses all possible biometric systems supported by any device, and is backwards compatible. It solves exactly the problem you're pointing out.
It was released back in October last year and Google encouraged all devs to update their apps:
Now, instead of having to implement an API for fingerprint scanners, another one for iris scanners, another one for face scanners, etc., developers simply need to implement the Biometrics API and the OS will take care of the rest.
If the app demands a highly secure authentication method, the OS will force the user to use an appropriate biometric system if available in their phone (fingerprint reader, 3D face scan like the Pixel 4's, etc.). So they wouldn't be able to use the kind of system you mentioned that only uses the regular front camera and can be fooled with a picture.
And for the record, Microsoft has already updated their OneDrive app to support the new Biometrics API and it works perfectly. But Outlook or InTune don't support it. So you could argue that fragmentation is more on Microsoft side this time around...
I am so frustrated that this has not been added yet. It's a simple API change that supports both fingerprint and face unlock depending on the device. https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-4-users-wait-developers-add-face-unlock-support/
This is needed, but what standard should Microsoft use? Android is so fragmented with each manufacture using different 'Face Unlock' technology... some of which can be bypassed with a picture. while this would be nice i don't see it coming anytime soon.
Please provide support for Android 10 Face Unlock biometric.
We have a mix of Android and Apple devices, and seems like users are punished for having Android because of lack of biometric support on newer phones. (e.g. Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL)
Agree with previous comments. Need this for android asap!
Janelle Cox commented
I have had numerous Android customers request this feature for our Apps. They are all shocked that this is not offered.
Victoria M commented
Agreed! Many users in our environment are requesting this feature, as newer phones are offering it on native apps. Would love to offer this for internal apps as well - keep things seamless and up to date!
I believe, for any app/service there should be a seamless experience across all platforms. A user may switch phones (i.e. platforms) but the user experience should not differ. We are getting lot of requests to enable face unlock on our App but due to this variation we are unable to do so.
Lokesh Pant commented
Most of our employees have latest phones with FaceID unlock feature. MAM support on Android is something that we are desperately looking for our internal apps.
Billy P commented
Yes! This is a feature that our end users are asking for quite frequently lately.