Last week at Mobile ID World we reported on Google’s long awaited answer to Touch ID: Nexus Imprint. The new regulations governing chip cards took effect in the US too, while other headlines had us talking about liveness detection, wearable tech and the FIDO Alliance.
Here is a look back on last week’s top news in mobile identity management:
Google Goes Biometric
Google announced its latest generation of smartphones last week, the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, from Huawei and LG respectively. Among the many impressive features supported by both phones, biometrics stands out. Not only are both handsets the first to launch with Android Marshmallow, but they also feature Nexus Imprint: a rear mounted fingerprint sensor courtesy of FPC, powered by Precise Biometrics software.
NTT DOCOMO, the first mobile service carrier to embrace the standards championed by the FIDO Alliance, announced last week that it will be expanding its support of the consortium’s strong online authentication specifications. FIDO’s Universal Second Factor (U2F) standard made the news last week too, with GitHub announcing its support.
Apple continued its efforts to innovate wearable technology last week, filing a patent for a connected smart ring. The world of smartwatches, meanwhile, got a lot more flexible with the launch of LG’s newest wearable which boasts cellular connectivity that allows it to function without being tethered to a handset.
Last week had us reporting on a slew of new biometric smartphones. The DHS and Boeing are working on integrating invisible biometrics into a self-destructible spy phone, Coolepad’s new Shine device sports an FPC sensor, and we posted about the latest from ZTE – the Axon mini – which features the Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics technology of its larger sibling.
A group of academic interests are seeking submissions for an iris recognition liveness detection competition being held to advance the modality. SRI International, in the meantime, was at ASIS 2015 last week where it’s Iris on the Move (IOM) solutions scored it two industry awards.
The EMV chip has been in the news quite a bit lately, with retailers in the US who don’t support it now liable for any fraud that occurs on their old fashioned POS tech. Last week we saw Visa piloting its new biometric EMV standard, while MasterCard optimistically weighed in on new data about chip cards. PayPal Here launched in the US, enabling NFC payment transactions for retailers looking for a cost effective way to stay on top of the commercial landscape, and Samsung Pay launched, allowing users to use their mobile wallets on magstripe card readers.
The numbers were in after the first weekend of the iPhone 6S smartphones, and it looks like China helped significantly in breaking previously held sales records. Tim Cook re-upped his stance on user privacy, calling it a human right, and Apple continued to explore opportunities in wearable tech by filing patent for a connected smart ring.
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