It looks like Google could add Face ID and other camera-based interaction options to upcoming Chromebooks and Chrome OS. 9to5Google has found evidence that the company is working to integrate a "human presence sensor" that would allow similar functions to the Windows 10 and 11 Hello camera.
No further details are known at this time, but we can see where Google is heading. The Human Presence Sensor, or HPS for short, has already appeared in many Chromium Gerrit entries, with Google detailing that the sensor will activate a new "eye icon" on the taskbar. While it is not entirely clear what this icon means to users, it is certain that Google will want to use it as an indication that the presence sensor is being used.
When you look at Hello 10 in Windows 11 and XNUMX, some potential applications come to mind. The sensor could be used in conjunction with biometric facial certification, speeding up the connection process by detecting the presence of the owner walking towards his device. The sensor could be used to keep the screen active while the owner sits in front of it, as well as the Pixel and Nest Hub proximity detection functions.
9to5Google has found further information on future devices that could come with HPS. A commit indicates that Google is testing the sensor with the "Zork" board, the board configuration used for the current generation Chromebook with AMD. In another code change, it appears that Google is testing HPS with "Brya", which is the configuration for devices with the upcoming 12th generation Intel processors. However, this does not mean that all upcoming Chromebooks will have the necessary hardware to enable presence detection. Google could only work with selected manufacturers.
While none of this is strong evidence that some form of face unlocking will actually come to Chromebooks soon, its introduction would make sense once HPS is available on Chrome OS.
Source of information: androidpolice.com