FaceLock for Apps lets you protect specific apps with your ugly mug and even works with Gingerbread
For many users in the Android community stuck on Gingerbread, Face Unlock has been a taboo of sorts that only seemed attainable by purchasing a new phone with Ice Cream Sandwich, or patiently waiting for an update that might never arrive without the help of the Android development community. Once again, chalk one up for said community because our latest discover is one that is nothing but pure win.
XDA member adnanahmad1786 has put together an interesting facial recognition application called Facelock, which takes mobile security one step further by allowing you to protect specific applications using facial recognition. This means, you can protect your SMS, email, call history, or just about any other application installed on your phone from prying eyes. This could be very useful for someone who doesn’t necessarily want to have to use recognition each time they unlock their device, but would like to keep certain apps secure even when the device is still accessible. Even cooler, the app doesn’t require Android 4.0. If you’re rocking a Gingerbread device, you can still get in on the action, as long as you have a front-facing camera that can be used to detect your face.
After the app has learned your face, any time a specified app is launched, Facelock will automatically initiate itself, requiring your face to unlock said app. As a backup, a pin number or password can be set, just in case your facial recognition decides it doesn’t want to play nicely.
Here’s the 411 from the Play Store:
Use FaceLock to protect your apps with your face! Your face is the key to unlock them. With FaceLock for apps, you don’t need to wait for Android 4.0 to use face unlock on your phone. FaceLock lets you choose individual apps you want to protect.
PRO version released! Get it now: http://goo.gl/enUU1
This free version will lock the protected apps: market, task manager, settings and one app of your choice. *PLEASE* DON’T RATE THE APP BEFORE READING WHAT THE APP IS SUPPOSED TO DO. Now PIN access is also available in this FREE version! Some tips on how to do the training properly: http://www.facelock.mobi/tips-and-faq
About security: task manager, settings and market are protected so no one can kill or uninstall FaceLock out of the box. Face recognition is reliable and safe with the default settings. For recognition in difficult lighting you can train more images whenever you are not recognized. For increased security you can raise the security level.
By downloading this software you agree to the terms of the end-user license agreement: http://www.facelock.mobi/facelock-for-apps/eula
If you’d like to give this one a try, I’ve added a download link below. Additionally, make sure to stop by the original thread on XDA to thank adnanahmad1786 for his hard work. You can also purchase the pro version for extra functionality using the link in the Play Store info above.