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Wavio Acoustic Awareness Solution to Benefit from ID R&D

ID R&D has found a new customer for its Acoustic Event Detection technology, which will be integrated into Wavio’s SoundAI platform. First announced back in March, Acoustic Event Detection allows any device with a microphone to detect and identify a range of ambient sounds, including sirens, barking dogs, breaking glass, and calls for help.  …

iPad Users Can Now Log Into Google Accounts via Android 2FA

iPad Users Can Now Log Into Google Accounts via Android 2FA

iPad users can now sign into their Google accounts using an Android smartphone for second-factor authentication. It’s a development building on Google’s FIDO2 certification for Android 7+, which enabled any devices running on the mobile operating system to act as FIDO2 security keys back in April. This meant that signing into Google on a laptop…

Android Q to Support Face Authentication for Payments, Code Suggests

Android Q to Support Face Authentication for Payments, Code Suggests

It looks like Google is aiming to make facial recognition a more prominent component of its Android operating system for mobile devices, according to recent teardowns of the Beta 4 version of the forthcoming Android Q. The sleuthing found references in the mobile OS’s code to face-based authentication. And while Google had implemented support for…

Suprema RealScan Fingerprint Readers Are Now Android Compatible

Suprema RealScan Fingerprint Readers Are Now Android Compatible

Suprema‘s RealScan-D and RealScan-G10 fingerprint readers are now compatible with the Android operating system, the company has announced. The development enhances the mobility of Suprema’s fingerprint reader solutions, which previously required laptops or PCs for operation. Announced last spring, the RealScan-D is a dual finger enrollment scanner. The RealScan-G10, meanwhile, is a rugged 10-print enrollment…

Google Turns Android 7+ Phones Into FIDO2 Devices

Google Turns Android 7+ Phones Into FIDO2 Devices

Google is continuing its pioneering effort to integrate FIDO2 into its various Android platforms. The FIDO Alliance has announced that any phone running Android 7+ can now be used as a FIDO2 security key to log into a Google account. The news comes only two months after the entire Android platform received FIDO2 certification, and…

Google is Developing a New API to Bring Digital Driver’s License to Android Devices

Google is Developing a New API to Bring Digital Driver’s License to Android Devices

A new report suggests Google is developing an “IdentityCredential” API aimed at allowing users to replace physical identification documents with secure digital versions that could be stored on Android devices. The tech giant is currently focusing on Digital Driver’s Licenses, but plans to expand the platform to other forms of documentation, up to and including…

Entire Android Platform Receives FIDO2 Certification

Entire Android Platform Receives FIDO2 Certification

The FIDO Alliance has announced that the entire Android platform has received FIDO2 Certification. The move immediately brings more than 1 billion Android devices under the FIDO2 umbrella, providing a massive boost to FIDO’s ongoing efforts to move beyond passwords and drive the transition to a biometric authentication standard.  The development will simplify access management…

MWC Barcelona: FIDO’s Andrew Shikiar Discusses Android, Galaxy S10 Certifications [Audio]

MWC Barcelona: FIDO’s Andrew Shikiar Discusses Android, Galaxy S10 Certifications [Audio]

The FIDO Alliance has seen a dramatically rising profile in the mobile sector in particular over the last few years. It’s the industry’s leading authentication standards body, and with security becoming increasingly top of mind with every data breach and social media hack, FIDO has been getting a lot of attention for its standards. So…

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

[Money20/20] High Profile FIDO2 Support Sets Stage For Strong Authentication Proliferation

FIDO Alliance Executive Director Brett McDowell took the stage with digital financial services expert David Birch on Money20/20’s opening day, and took the opportunity to make the case for the implementation of FIDO standards in financial services (and everywhere else). Speaking to Birch as part of the “Identity Around the World: Global Case Studies in…

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

Google Assistant Update Accommodates Users’ Fondness for Voice Interaction

“The company has sought to make sophisticated AI a key selling point of its newest hardware products, and its rivals have also been pouring money into AI R&D as consumer expectations shift to demand smarter products and services.” Google has updated the user interface for its virtual assistant platform, seeking to both accommodate use trends…

New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

New Android OS Plays On Key Mobile Trends

“Android 9 highlights another major tech trend, too: The growing prominence of biometric security.” Google has launched the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, and is placing a strong focus on artificial intelligence this time around. In announcing Android 9 Pie on its blog, Google explained that its AI technology is designed to…

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

BRIEF: Mobile Biometrics at a Turning Point

Just a few years ago, biometric authentication was something of a novelty for consumers. Now, it’s in more consumer tech products than ever, and its upwards trajectory remains solidly in place – particularly in the mobile sector. Nevertheless, mobile biometrics tech is also at a turning point, with conventional fingerprint scanning starting to look just…

Android P Raises Standards for Biometric Authentication

Android P Raises Standards for Biometric Authentication

Google’s developers are going to make biometric authentication stronger on Android P, the next iteration of the company’s popular mobile operating system; and in a new post on the company’s blog, Security Engineer Vishwath Mohan explains how. Essentially, Android’s managers are looking to move beyond FAR and FRR, the standard measures of an authentication mechanism’s…

Veridium Awarded $150,000 Grant For Economic Inclusivity Research

Veridium Awarded $150,000 Grant For Economic Inclusivity Research

“Our goal is to help design a new banking model, using our biometric authentication technology to bring the unbanked into the financial services system. Additionally, over time, improve their circumstances, making it possible to open a bank account, apply for credit, and achieve a level of financial stability.” – Lori Cohen, CMO, Veridium Veridium has been…

NEC Enters Mobile Biometrics Market with Smartphone Integration

NEC Enters Mobile Biometrics Market with Smartphone Integration

NEC has long enjoyed some renown as a provider of sophisticated facial recognition technology to government and enterprise clients, but the company is now branching out into the mobile authentication market through the application of its software in new smartphones. Its mobile partner, Algeria-based Bomare, isn’t exactly a global brand. But the company makes devices…

In-Display Tech Begins Global Spread as X21 Launches in India

In-Display Tech Begins Global Spread as X21 Launches in India

“While its in-display fingerprint scanning is probably the X21’s most talked-about feature, the device is noteworthy for offering another relatively novel form of biometric authentication as well – facial recognition.” Vivo officially launched its pioneering X21 smartphone in India today, just about a week after the country’s e-commerce giant Flipkart announced it would be the…

Apple To Launch Streaming Music Service on Android

Apple To Launch Streaming Music Service on Android

In what is sure to be looked back on a s a portent warning of the eventual apocalypse, Apple is slated to release its first ever Android app in the form of a new streaming music service. According to Mark Gurman on 9to5Mac, the service stems from Apple’s relatively recent acquisition of Beats Music (a…