News Roundup: Samsung’s Multimodal Week

Last week at Mobile ID World we reported on new biometrics news from Samsung, two major Apple Pay launches, the next generation of voice and speech recognition and much more.

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

Samsung’s Multimodal Week

News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekWhile the iris scanning feature rumored to ship on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note7 is all but officially confirmed, last week we learned new details of what the sensor will be capable of via leaked information. Samsung was in the news all week, with the launch of its Olympic edition Galaxy S7 edge, the debut of Samsung Pay on the Gear S2 smartwatch, and more biometrics news—the company selected Egis to supply the fingerprint sensor on the upcoming Galaxy C7, and it licensed Valencell’s ear-based vital biometrics technology.

Check out Samsung’s big news from last week:

Details Emerge About Samsung Galaxy Note7’s Iris Scanning

Samsung Pay Makes No-Frills Debut on Gear S2

Samsung Launches Olympics Edition of Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Licenses Valencell’s Ear-Based Biometrics Tech

Samsung Returns to Egis Tech For Galaxy C7 Integration

Apple Pay

News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekApple made the news last week too, with Apple Pay launching in France and Hong Kong. The Cupertino company also began offering a small promo to encourage signups, offering iTunes credit to users who activate the biometrically secured mobile wallet.

iTunes Credit Promo Could Nudge More Users To Try Apple Pay

Et Voila: Apple Pay Arrives In France

Apple Pay Shows Follow-Through With Hong Kong Launch

The Next Generation of Voice

News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekThanks to innovations in connectivity, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, voice biometrics technology is changing. On that note, last week we published an interview with Opus Research founder and lead analyst Dan Miller, detailing developments in voice and speech technology, and providing insight into the upcoming Intelligent Authentication Conference in San Francisco. Meanwhile, we saw an example of recreational Amazon Alexa use and reported on the growing popularity of Sensory’s Low Power Sound Detector technology which allows for always-on voice command.

INTERVIEW: Opus Research’s Dan Miller

Alexa To Offer Cocktail Recipes With New Patrón Skill

Sensory’s Low Power Sound Detector Tech Gains Popularity


News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekIn mobile payments news last week we saw both Visa Europe and ISACA highlighting the benefits of biometrics in FinTech. Android Pay launched in Australia too, and Republic Bank announced that is now supports Samsung Pay in addition to Apple Pay.

Biometrics Can Improve User Experience in Payments

ISACA Highlights Security Advantages of mPayments

With Australia Launch, High Expectations for Android Pay

Republic Bank Extends mPayment Support

Biometric Software

News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekLast week we received confirmation that Precise Biometrics’ software is featured on the recently launched 360 N4S handset. Meanwhile, RunMyProcess announced it is bringing ImageWare’s GoVerifyID to its cloud-based development platform for enterprise apps. In other biometric software news, we saw Snapchat face an Illinois lawsuit over its alleged use of facial recognition tech, though the company itself asserts it does not use said tech for identification purposes.

RunMyProcess Bringing ImageWare Tech to its Platform

Precise BioMatch Mobile Featured on 360 N4S

Snapchat Tech Can Recognize Faces… But Not Your Face


News Roundup: Samsung's Multimodal WeekFinally, in fingerprint news last week, we saw ForgeRock upgrade its identity platform to support Touch ID, while a new partnership between FIS and Payment Alliance International is expected to bring Touch ID ATM access to 70,000 terminals. We also saw fingerprint biometrics make it onto the extremely affordable ZMax Pro smartphone, which is only $99 after a rebate.

Fingerprint Biometrics Arrives at Bottom of Smartphone Price Spectrum

Touch ID ATM Access Coming To More Americans

ForgeRock Identity Platform Update Embraces Touch ID Authentication


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