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Huawei Considering Switch from Android to Russia’s Aurora OS on Mobile Devices

Huawei Considering Switch from Android to Russia’s Aurora OS on Mobile Devices

A bombshell Reuters report suggests that Huawei is in negotiations to replace Android with a Russian operating system on at least some of its mobile devices. The Aurora OS is owned by Russia’s Rostelecom, a state telecommunications operator tasked with ordering devices for the country’s upcoming 2020 census. According to the report, Huawei will first…

IoT Botnet Targets Android Smart TVs and Set-Top Boxes

IoT Botnet Targets Android Smart TVs and Set-Top Boxes

The device security company WootCloud has uncovered an IoT botnet that targets Android set-top boxes and TVs. Dubbed “Ares”, the botnet specifically takes advantage of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) infrastructure, which is a communications component that allows for the remote management of Android devices. WootCloud was able to discover the botnet with the help…

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

Samsung Takes Spotlight in Mobile-heavy Week on MIDW

It was a mobile-heavy week on Mobile ID World – at least with respect to our most popular articles. Biometric authentication proved to be an important theme among those stories, and as for individual companies in the news, Samsung spent the most time in the spotlight. That’s thanks in large part to the company’s latest…

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs Brings Mobile Passport App to Puerto Rico

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will be extending support for the Mobile Passport Control (MPC) program to several ports of entry in Puerto Rico. The feature will be available at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport on August 27th, before coming to the San Juan Pan-American Dock and San Juan Seaport…

WhatsApp Introduces Fingerprint Authentication on Android Phones

WhatsApp Introduces Fingerprint Authentication on Android Phones

WhatsApp is finally introducing a fingerprint lock security feature for Android phones. The utility is available as part of the recently released 2.19.221 beta version of the Android platform, and allows users to configure their WhatsApp settings to require a fingerprint scan to open to the app on compatible smartphones. Even with the feature enabled,…

Google Enables Web-Based Biometric Authentication on Android Devices

Google Enables Web-Based Biometric Authentication on Android Devices

Google has enabled biometric authentication for people trying to access Google services on Android phones. To use the feature, users must link their phone to their Google account, at which point they can use the fingerprint sensor on their device to prove their identity and log in. For the moment, biometric authentication is only available…

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu and Mastercard Introduce New Digital Debit Card

Mezu is teaming up with Mastercard to release a digital debit card that will allow Mezu users to make purchases anywhere Mastercard is accepted. Mezu is a mobile payments app that does not share any personal information or transaction history with third parties and leverages biometric authentication for added security. The partnership with Mastercard will…

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…

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