Last week at Mobile ID World we saw Google launch its Pixel smartphone and got the lowdown on who is behind its biometric capabilities. Meanwhile mobile payments made public transit more appealing, Windows sought to expand its authentication capabilities, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 went back up for sale in Korea.
Here’s a look back on last week’s top mobile identity news:
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Google made its mobile handset debut last week with the unveiling of the Pixel and the Pixel XL. Positioned as the Android answer to the iPhone, the Pixel phones both feature fingerprint biometrics made possible thanks to Fingerprint Cards touch sensors. Learn more about Google’s flagship smartphone by following the links below.
Fingerprints and Smartphones
Google wasn’t the only company with a biometric handset launch last week. Xiaomi launched the Redmi 3S Plus, which also features an FPC sensor. Meanwhile, IDEX chalked up a design win from a China-based OEM, Precise Biometrics announced a new licensing agreement, and a new Apple patent had us dreaming up new ways for fingerprint sensors to be embedded in display technologies.
Apple Pay launched in Russia last week as it continued to gain support in North America. The biometrics protected mobile wallet gained web support from Staples, and Canadian financial services institution Desjardins announced its support for the platform.
Samsung Mobile proceeded with its planned relaunch of the Galaxy Note7 handset in South Korea after its massive recall effort. As the new Note7 phones make their way back not the hands of the public, Kookmin Bank is preparing to leverage the device’s iris biometrics feature for customer authentication.
Microsoft looks to be discontinuing its Microsoft Band brand of wearables, we learned last week. Meanwhile, reports surfaced out of the recent Microsoft Ignite conference that the company is aiming to expand the authentication capability of Windows Hello. Soon it looks like Windows 10 users will be able to authenticate via Android devices, iPhones, and biometric wearables like the heart rate reading Nymi Band.
ID in Transit
New York commuters now have more ways to pay for their rail rides thanks to newly announced support for Masterpass and Apple Pay. Commuters in London, England, are meanwhile being incentivised to pay with their Android phones, in an October-long promotion that will see users of the mobile wallet riding for free on Mondays with a complimentary coffee.
The Future of mPayments
Two new market reports provided a window to the future of mobile payment adoption last week while new FinTech rolled out across the globe. Mastercard Identity Check (which features Daon’s IdentityX biometrics) launched in Europe, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay started duking it out in Russia, and US Bank implemented a location based anti-fraud measure.
Two new research reports gave us insight into different aspects of the connected world. GSMA’s newly published ‘Global Mobile Trends’ highlighted Asia’s prominent role in the rise of mobile. Meanwhile, Juniper Research has a new report out examining the M2M market, highlighting the leading vendors in industrial IoT.
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