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:
A 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.
The Mobile ID Outlook
There 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.
GSMA in the Headlines
GSMA 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.
Government Mobile ID
Handheld 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.
The Next Major Flagship Smartphones
Last 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.
Two-Factor For Facebook
One 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.
Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and The Smart Home
In 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.
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