Last week at Mobile ID World we saw out the month of August with more big headlines from Samsung, additional industry news concerning iris biometrics, and the usual reports of fingerprint sensor smartphone integrations. FIDO specifications had us talking two-factor authentication too, and a mass of FinTech stories filled out our weekly coverage.
Here’s a look back on all the top mobile ID industry news from the week that was:
Two major happenings put Samsung front and center in the news last week. The Korean OEM launched its latest wearable device, the Gear S3, while, on a more dour note, the company officially halted sales of its Galaxy Note7 smartphone after reports of battery malfunctions. We also reported on Samsung’s latest Tizen OS update, and got an inside look at how the company perceives its rivals in the mPayments space.
Iris biometrics were a fixture of the news in August, and that remained true up to the very end. Last week HOMTOM announced a new handset featuring built-in iris biometrics while a new partnership brought EyeLock’s iris technology to Tyco Integrated Security’s offerings. Staying in the realm of the eye, last week we also saw a partnership struck between BioConnect and EyeVerify, whose software authenticates users based on ocular vein patterns.
Internet of Things and Wearable Tech
A new smart home hub, reminiscent of Amazon’s Echo, was launched last week featuring the first speech-respondent AI that can understand Korean. Staying on the topic of our increasingly connected world and biometrics used for purposes other than authentication, Jabra launched new wireless earbuds sporting vital biometric technology from Valencell.
Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics made headlines last week with their respective biometric fingerprint technologies having been integrated into multiple new handsets. We also saw another step taken toward the much anticipated biometric display sensor, with Synaptics announcing that it is currently sampling its under-glass fingerprint sensor.
Apple Pay and Android Pay powered purchases are on the rise according to a new report from Juniper Research, but Australian banks are still resisting the former of the two options. Last week Apple responded to the Australian Banks’ efforts to demand use of iPhone NFC technology on their own mPayment apps—a crucial component to any mobile wallet attempting to launch on iOS. Mastercard, meanwhile, credited its efforts in digital payments for its increased ranking on Forbes’ innovative companies list, as Nequi integrated IdentityX biometrics for mobile banking login, and we saw biometrics protecting the blockchain.
Strong Online Authentication
The FIDO Alliance made the news last week too. We reported on Yubico’s promotion of the U2F authentication standard at the recent Oktane16 technology innovation conference. Furthermore, we examined the benefits that the Alliance’s new board member, Feitian Technologies, brings to the organization’s efforts in Asia.
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