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Google Plans Debit Card with Biometric Security

Google Plans Debit Card with Biometric Security

Tech Giant Google appears close to announcing a new physical debit card to be used with its Google Pay payment platform, complete with biometric security. The news — which comes via a series of leaked documents obtained by TechCrunch — would position Google in the FinTech industry alongside competitor Apple, following the launch of the…

iOS Google Drive Users to Get Biometric Security Update

iOS Google Drive Users to Get Biometric Security Update

Google announced that it will be rolling out a new biometric security feature for the iOS version of its Google Drive app this week. The feature, called ‘Privacy Screen’, will give users the option to lock access to the app behind biometric authentication via Face ID , Touch ID, or a password. The Privacy Screen…

Discover App is Latest to Support Face Unlock on Pixel 4

Discover App is Latest to Support Face Unlock on Pixel 4

The Pixel 4 was launched by Google back in November of 2019 featuring Face Unlock, Android’s version of biometric facial recognition that functions similar to Apple’s Face ID. The introduction of Face Unlock was seen by many as a big step for Google and Android, as until that point previous Pixel phones had all relied…

Google Officially Releases Pixel 4 Face Unlock Update

Google Officially Releases Pixel 4 Face Unlock Update

Google has followed through on its promises and fixed a major security flaw in the Pixel 4. The issue stems from the smartphone’s Face Unlock feature, which would grant access to people who had their eyes closed when the phone was released in October. Thankfully, the latest Pixel software update finally closes that loophole. The…

Google Fixes Biometric Flaw in Latest Android Developer Preview Release

Google Fixes Biometric Flaw in Latest Android Developer Preview Release

Google has fixed what has been termed by many to be a major flaw in its new Face Unlock biometric authentication system that was released with the Pixel 4 late last year. In the latest release of the Android 11 Developer Preview 2 (DP2), the “require eyes to be open” feature is live, meaning users…

Google Details How Soli Radar Tech Works

Google Details How Soli Radar Tech Works

In a post on its AI blog penned last week, Google explained the technology behind the radar sensors included in last year’s Pixel 4 smartphone. Though the hardware behind what Google calls Project Soli — a 60GHz radar and antenna receivers capable of covering a combined 180-degree field of view — was revealed during the…

Galaxy Note 10 Updated With Improved Facial Recognition, Gesture Support

Galaxy Note 10 Updated With Improved Facial Recognition, Gesture Support

Samsung has released an update for its Galaxy Note 10 and 10+ that contains improvements for facial recognition for use with face unlock features, as well as gesture support and other changes. The updates are listed as firmware versions N975FXXU2BTB5, N975FOXM2BTB3, and N975FXXU2BTB3, and are now rolling out to devices in Germany — the update was originally released…

Android 11 Developer Preview Shows Improved Security and Biometric Features

Android 11 Developer Preview Shows Improved Security and Biometric Features

Google has released the first developer preview of Android 11 — the next version of its mobile operating system — with a slew of new features including some upgrades to security, privacy, biometric capabilities, messaging and more. Though this is only the first version of Android 11 and it is just a developer preview —…

Samsung Quietly Sticks with In-display Fingerprint Scanning in Galaxy S20

Samsung Quietly Sticks with In-display Fingerprint Scanning in Galaxy S20

Samsung has officially unveiled the latest entry in its flagship Galaxy smartphone lineup, and is determinedly sticking with in-display fingerprint scanning as its key authentication feature. That’s not to say that the in-display tech is the most important feature of the new Samsung Galaxy S20; rather, Samsung has become the latest major smartphone maker to…

Amex App Gets Face Unlock on Pixel 4

Amex App Gets Face Unlock on Pixel 4

“Google launched its Pixel 4 smartphone last October, marking a shift away from fingerprint-based user authentication and toward facial recognition…” American Express has become the latest company to embrace the Google Pixel 4’s Face Unlock feature for its mobile app. The development comes by way of a new beta version of the Amex app, allowing…

Google Testing Biometric Authentication for Autofill

Google Testing Biometric Authentication for Autofill

Google has begun testing the addition of a layer of biometric authentication for its Google Autofill feature for use with Android and Google Chrome. With the release of Android Oreo (8.0) in 2017, Google also launched the Autofill API, which allowed third-party password manager apps the ability to offer an autofill service on Android devices,…

MyHyundai with Blue Link  App Updated With Face Unlock Support

MyHyundai with Blue Link App Updated With Face Unlock Support

Hyundai’s connected car app has recently received a major update making it the latest in a line of apps to support the Face Unlock biometric authentication system found on the Google Pixel 4. Along with the new Face Unlock support, the updated MyHyundai with Blue Link app delivers a major UI overhaul that brings it…

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password Adds Support for Face Unlock on the Pixel 4

1Password, the popular password management app for iOS and Android, is now able to support the new Face Unlock feature on Google’s Pixel 4. After updating their 1Password app to the latest version (7.3.2) users’ can now use Face Unlock to access various apps and services for a biometric security approach. Previous versions of the…

Samsung Enables Face Unlock on Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung Enables Face Unlock on Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung has enabled a 3D face unlock feature on the Galaxy S10 5G by way of a software update that became available in Korea recently. By updating their phone to Samsung’s latest version of its One UI 2.0 beta OS, owners of the S10 5G variant of Samsung’s flagship line of smartphones can now take…

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google Blog Post Details New ‘Biometric API’

Google has explained the shift to its ‘Biometric API’ in a new blog post on their Android Developers Blog. With the recent release of its latest flagship smartphone, the Pixel 4, Google has also released Android 10, the newest operating system, and debuted Face Unlock, its newest form of biometric authentication. The 3D facial recognition…

Face Unlock Now Enabled for Google Pay Confirmation

Face Unlock Now Enabled for Google Pay Confirmation

Google has now enabled facial recognition as a means of authentication on its Google Pay mobile payments platform. The move is the result of Google’s recent launch of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones. Whereas previous devices in Google’s Pixel line used fingerprint recognition as the primary means of biometric authentication, with the…

LastPass Will Support Facial Recognition on the Pixel 4

LastPass Will Support Facial Recognition on the Pixel 4

LastPass has confirmed that it will be supporting face-based unlocks on Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone. The beta for the Android version of the app is currently available through the Google Play Store, and already features a new icon for the new biometric modality. LastPass has historically relied on fingerprint recognition, but the latest iteration of…

Smartphone Tech Giants Dominate This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

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…

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