News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World Congress

Last week at Mobile ID World we received an update on the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona while fingerprint sensor smartphones once again made up the lion’s share of the news. We saw new market reports last week too, along with Internet of Things solutions and the now obligatory mCommerce news.

Here’s a look back on the top stories in mobile identity management:

Mobile World Congress

News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressMobile World Congress is still months away, but its is already shaping up to be an exciting mobile industry event. Last week, the GSMA announced additional chief executive level keynote speakers to the event’s program, adding to the already impressive lineup. Take a look at some of the big names included on the list now by clicking the link below, and stay posted to Mobile ID World as we continue to cover all things MWC 2016.

MWC 2016 Keynote Lineup Bolstered with CEO Power

Fingerprints and Smartphones

News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressIt appears that Apple is prepping a new line of low-cost and colorful iPhones, according to a new memo. Meanwhile, Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics made their usual big mobility headlines last week with some new smartphone integrations of their own.

Apple Preparing Cheap, Colorful Line of New iPhones

Precise Tech Makes it To New ZTE & Huawei Devices

FPC Scores Changxiang 5S Integration

New Vivo Smartphones’ Sensors Use Precise Biometrics Algorithms

Vivo Picks FPC1035 For X6 Smartphones

Eye on Authentication

News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressTurning to modalities of the eye, we learned last week that both Samsung and LG look to be developing handsets that sport iris recognition biometrics. The iris isn’t the only ocular biometric in last week’s news either: we reported on EyeVerify last Monday, whose eye vein scanning mobile app has received praise from curious phone users.

Curious Users Approve of EyeVerify Mobile App

Samsung and LG Reportedly Developing Iris Scanning Smartphones

The Future of Security

News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressNok Nok Labs and Synaptics announced last week that they are partnering in an effort to streamline the FIDO certification process. Goodix released a statement indicating that it is expecting growth in its fingerprint and touchscreen businesses, and Hoyos Labs published results to a recent survey about how consumers treat security. As one familiar with the state of online security should expect, consumers have some embarrassing password habits despite being considerably concerned about their digital vulnerabilities.

Hoyos Labs Survey Shows Consumer Confusion About Security

NNL and Synaptics Partner to Accelerate FIDO Certification

Goodix Expects Major Growth

Internet of Things

News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressThe Internet of Things intersected with biometrics last week with Sonavation announcing a fingerprint solution optimized for IoT applications. Nokia, along with Mandra Capital and New World Development Company Limited, invested in an IoT Big Data startup called Sensoro last week, and we saw a new report from Gartner examining how the Internet of Things market landscape is set to develop.

Nokia Group Leads $10M Investment In IoT Big Data Startup

IoT Will Offer Complex Market Landscape: Gartner

Sonavation Launches Biometric IoT Authentication Solution


News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressImageWare Systems announced last week that it is set to receive approval for its 11th patent: Multi-Modal Biometric Database Searching Methods. Freescale also had innovatinve news last week, announcing a new MCU that is as thin as a blade of grass—a detail that could prove revolutionary.

ImageWare to Receive Approval for 11th Patent

New MCU is ‘Thin as a Blade of Grass’: Freescale


News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressIn healthcare identity news last week, vital biometrics were the name of the game. Olea announced a new device that can measure respiratory and cardiac metrics without having to make contact with the user, while BioIQ scored a big government contract for its solutions, which have applications in wellness.

Olea Device Enables Contactless Monitoring of Cardiac Biometrics

BioIQ Scores Big Government Contract


News Roundup: Looking Forward to Mobile World CongressPayPal suffered a service disruption on Cyber Monday, which was somewhat of an embarrassment for the company on the major American online shopping observance. In mobile wallet developments last week, a sneak peek at Samsung’s next mid-range Galaxy phones suggested an expansion of Samsung Pay to more devices, while Apple Pay snagged a new retailer to offer store credit support to its own payment platform.

US Retailers Try Apple Pay Store Card Functionality

PayPal Suffers Service Disruptions Amidst Holiday Shopping

New Smartphones Hint at Launch of Samsung Pay in China


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