News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-Factor

Last week at Mobile ID World we saw new reports on the future of the mobile biometrics industry, as rumors continued to build around the authentication capabilities of the upcoming Samsung and Apple handsets, and Facebook embraced FIDO-compliant two-factor security.

Here are the top stories in mobile digital identity from the week that was:

Mobile Payments

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorA new report from TXN gave insight into the growing impact of Apple Pay, while the availability of EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID to Alipay users had us talking about the advantages of that contactless biometric modality in the world of mPayments.

Apple Pay is Small but Growing: Report

Eyeprint ID Proves To Be A Good Match For Alipay

The Mobile ID Outlook

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorThere are now 500 biometric smartphone models on the market, according to a new report from Acuity Market Intelligence outlining the proliferation of affordable biometric handsets. Acuity also released its top trends of 2017 predictions last week, which included the mainstreaming of behavioral biometrics and mobile iris scanning.

Acuity’s Top Trends of 2017 Include Mobile Iris Biometrics

Acuity: There Are Now 500 Biometric Smartphone Models on the Market

GSMA in the Headlines

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorGSMA announced the nominees for the MWC Global Mobile awards last week, the winners of which will be announced at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The association also issued a new report on the positive effect mobility has on economic growth, using mobile-friendly Bangladesh as an example.

GSMA Announces Nominees for MWC Global Mobile Awards

Bangladeshi Example Illustrates Opportunities in Mobile: GSMA Intelligence

Government Mobile ID

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorHandheld biometric technology is going to be used in the upcoming Nigerian census, we reported last week. Passports made the news too, with reports that UK passports can be renewed with photos taken on mobile phones, and NXP hailing the rise of ePassports. National ID intersected with mobile device self-registration last week too, with the announcement that Aircel subscribers can use face biometrics to link their devices to their Aadhaar ID.

UK Home Office Now Allows Mobile Phone Photos For Passport Renewals

Biometric Handhelds To Be Used in Nigerian Census

Passports Going Digital and Mobile: NXP

Aircel Subscribers Can Self-Register Devices Via Face Biometrics

The Next Major Flagship Smartphones

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorLast week Samsung released its findings regarding what was causing the Samsung Galaxy Note7 to spontaneously-combust. Looking ahead to its future, less-flammable mobile offerings, iris scanning was all-but-confirmed for the Galaxy S8 smartphone slated for launch later this year. The iPhone 8 was in the news too, with rumors continuing to point to facial recognition and under-glass fingerprint scanning being included on the next Apple handset.

Evidence Mounting for Face-Scanning iPhone with In-Display Fingerprint Scanner

Samsung Names Culprit in Note7 Meltdown, Outlines New Safety Measures

Iris Scanning Nearly Confirmed for Samsung Galaxy S8

Two-Factor For Facebook

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorOne of the biggest headlines of the week came from Facebook. The social media giant embraced FIDO-compliant two-factor authentication—a move that was a cause for celebration with prominent FIDO Alliance member Yubico, whose Yubikeys are now supported by the social media platform.

Yubico Celebrates Facebook’s U2F Support

Facebook Embraces FIDO-Compliant Two-Factor Authentication

Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and The Smart Home

News Roundup: Facebook Embraces Two-FactorIn the world of AI and IoT, we gained some insight into the advantages Amazon’s Alexa has over its competition, while ZTE leveraged Intel technology to make advances in artificial intelligence.  AI is becoming a big factor in the emerging Internet of Things, and last week Safran Identity & Security weighed-in on the opportunities presented by the IoT and smart cities.

Intel Helps ZTE Make Leaps in AI Technology

Amazon Uses War Chest of Voice Data in Smart Home Competition

Infrastructure Tech Evolves Alongside the Smart City


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