News Roundup: Samsung’s New Multimodal Smartphone

Last week Samsung finally launched its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, making good on long-standing rumors that the device would feature multimodal biometric technology. Connected cars made headlines too, while fingerprint biometrics made up the bulk of the news, and FinTech rounded out our industry coverage along with contactless biometrics.

Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in mobile digital identity:

Samsung Galaxy Goes Multimodal

News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneThe Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones were launched last week, sporting all of the rumored biometric features, fingerprint, face and iris recognition, the last of which was provided by Princeton Identity. Samsung is using the biometrics as a convenient and secure selling points, and the features launch with viable applications too, Mastercard having announced that the Galaxy S8’s iris scanning is compatible with its Identity Check service.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Meets Multimodal Expectations

Princeton Identity Tech Powers Galaxy S8 Iris Scanning

Mastercard Focuses on Identity Check Opportunity with Galaxy S8 Iris Authentication

Samsung Emphasizes Security and Convenience of S8 Biometrics

Connected Cars

News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneConnected cars made headlines last week with Microsoft licensing its automotive technology to Toyota. Meanwhile, Ford announced that it is opening smart car facilities in Michigan and Ontario. Follow the links below to learn the latest in connected car news:

Ford to Open Smart Car Facilities in Michigan and Ontario, Hires Former BlackBerry Workers

Microsoft Licenses Smart Car Tech to Toyota


News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneSynaptics announced a new family of fingerprint sensors last week as the modality made up the bulk of our news coverage. Apple was granted a patent for ultrasonic Touch ID, further stoking rumors that it is going to be putting the fingerprint sensor in its next iPhone under glass. We reported on the completion of testing on NEXT Biometrics’ new A2 ASIC chip, and Precise Biometrics announced two new hardware partners. Here are last weeks’ top fingerprint stories:

Precise Biometrics Enters Licensing Agreement With Zeitec

NXP Semiconductors is Precise Biometrics’ Latest Hardware Partner

Synaptics Expands Natural ID Fingerprint Sensor Line With FS4600 Family

Apple Granted New Patent for Ultrasonic Touch ID

Testing Has Been Completed on NEXT Biometrics’ A2 ASIC Chip

Contactless Biometrics

News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneAlong with the unveiling of its newest smartphone, Samsung gave an update on its forthcoming voice-based AI assistant, Bixby, which the company is hoping to expand beyond standard handsets. Meanwhile, we got a look at Hitachi’s latest powerful video surveillance solution, which has the ability to track subjects based on over a hundred identifying factors including face, attire, sex, age, and more.

Hitachi System Can Spot a Face in a Crowd, or a Backpack, or a Hairstyle…

Meet Bixby, Samsung’s New AI Assistant


News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneApple Pay arrived in Taiwan last week just as Australia’s competition regulator seemingly put an end to the mobile wallet’s plight Downunder as it faced off against Aussie banks. Meanwhile, Union Bank of the Philippines deployed Daon’s IdentityX platform in its mobile app, Malauzai announced that it will be enabling fingerprint login on Android, and we reported on Wells Fargo’s launch of mobile ATM access.

Australian Regulator Thwarts Cartel Against Apple Pay

Apple Pay Arrives in Taiwan, Now Available in 15 Markets

Union Bank of the Philippines Using Daon Biometrics For Mobile App

Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Access ATMs with Their Phones

Malauzai to Enable Fingerprint Login on Android

Mobile ID At Large

News Roundup: Samsung's New Multimodal SmartphoneNew reports last week had us talking cybersecurity and national ID, with Gemalto publishing its Breach Level Index for 2016 and Acuity releasing its latest research on the global eID market. Safran Identity & Security won an award for “Outstanding Quality and Delivery” at this year’s Vodafone Supplier Awards, and quality assurance service provider iBeta underlined the importance of liveness detection following its latest testing. The following articles touch on the broader trends and topics we’ve been seeing in mobile ID this year.

Safran Identity & Security Wins Vodafone Supplier Award

National eID Market Will Evolve Towards Mobility: Acuity

2016 Saw 86 Percent Increase in Data Breaches

Recent iBeta Testing Highlights Importance of Liveness Detection


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