Asus Takes Tentative Step to Biometric Security

Mobile BiometricsFingerprint biometric security is coming to Asus smartphones, according to an AndroidHeadlines article by Nick Terry. The announcement comes by way of Asus CEO Jerry Shen, though he was scant on details.

It was only in January that the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer unveiled its ZenFone 2 devices, but the company is already planning a new version of its Zenfone 2 smartphone for later this year. While Shen did not specifically indicate which upcoming Asus devices would incorporate fingerprint readers, it’s a fair bet that they’ll wind up in the newest of the company’s flagship smartphones.

It probably has a lot to do with the emergence of multiple mobile commerce and payment platforms. When Apple launched its own such platform last year, the company was compelled to include fingerprint scanning systems in all its new mobile devices to ensure users would feel safe paying for things with their phones. It was a pioneering effort that helped introduce mobile fingerprint biometrics to the mainstream, with fingerprint sensors now becoming standard on smartphones – even those from lesser known competitors. Now that Samsung, Google, and Alibaba all have their own major mPayment platforms on the horizon, third-party hardware manufacturers should feel inclined to include biometric authentication capabilities on their devices if they want to get in on the action.

It’s too early to say exactly how Asus will fare in its foray into this area, but this certainly appears to be a step in the right direction.