Smartphone Tech Giants Dominate This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Biometrics News: Smartphone Tech Giants Dominate This Week's Top Stories Roundup

It has been a smartphone-heavy week on Mobile ID World. Three of this week’s top stories are concerned with smartphone tech, and these all involve some of the most prominent brands in the industry.

Samsung, for example, found its way into the news with a new patent describing a front-facing triple sensor system for a smartphone. The immediate implication here is that this would enable 3D face scanning on a Samsung device, which may offer a hint that Samsung has its own version of Face ID in the works:

Samsung Patent May Hint at 3D Face Unlock for Galaxy S11

Google, meanwhile, captured reader interest by actually delivering a 3D Face Unlock system. This came by way of its latest flagship smartphones, the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL:

Google Launches Pixel 4 with New Biometric Face Unlock, Ditches Fingerprint Scanner

And then we’re back to hypotheticals with Apple, which had a patent application published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This patent details an optical imaging array that could enable in-display fingerprint scanning, which offers another indication that Apple may be planning to revive Touch ID on a future iPhone:

Another Apple Patent Points to In-Display Touch ID

Returning to Google, however, the company also made headlines with a different kind of consumer device, announcing a forthcoming set of earbuds with some compelling features including a jaw vibration monitoring system that can help to clarify speech:

Google’s Next Earbuds Will Monitor Jaw Vibration to Detect Speech

And finally, the fifth entry in this week’s top stories roundup is a bit of a curveball. A growing number of tanning salons are offering ‘cryotherapy’ services based on exposure to sub-zero temperatures, and some are opting for biometric failsafe mechanisms to make sure no one gets hurt:

Cryotherapy Tech Turns to Biometric Failsafe


Stay posted to Mobile ID World next week as we continue to bring you the latest news and interviews from the exciting world of digital identity. To see the hottest stories of the week in biometrics, visit our sibling site FindBiometrics.