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Google Assistant Teases Face Match Feature for Nest Home Hub

Google Assistant Teases Face Match Feature for Nest Home Hub

The Nest Hub Max isn’t expected to hit store shelves until September 9th, but Google Assistant is already listing Face Match in its settings menu. The facial recognition feature will allow the Nest Hub Max to recognize the faces of different people when they enter the room and display calendars, alerts, and other information customized…

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…

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…

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google Gives Out $5 Gift Cards to Improve Face Recognition on Pixel Phones

Google is handing out $5 gift cards in exchange for five minutes of face time with random people on the street. The company is reportedly training a new facial recognition algorithm that would be deployed in the next generation of Pixel smartphones. The algorithm would essentially give Google an in-house alternative to Apple’s Face ID,…

Google Emphasizes Privacy Commitment After Audio Data Leak

Google Emphasizes Privacy Commitment After Audio Data Leak

Google Search Product Manager David Monsees has taken to the company’s blog to emphasize its commitment to privacy and clarify some of its policies around the use of audio data. The post was written after one of the company’s language experts leaked confidential Dutch audio data, with Monsees noting that the leak is a violation…

Top Stories: In-car Payments and Other Cutting-edge Technologies

Top Stories: In-car Payments and Other Cutting-edge Technologies

In keeping with the general theme of Mobile ID World, this week’s most popular articles were, for the most part, concerned with new, emerging, and future technologies – not to mention one particularly hot trend in today’s payments industry. That trend is the evolution of payments from cash to digital, contactless mechanisms that offer greater…

New Pixel 4 XL Renders Hint at In-Display Fingerprint Scanning

“The Pixel 4 XL, as depicted in the new renders, has an almost full-size screen, with a small bezel on the bottom of the device’s front face, and a somewhat thicker top bezel that appears to house dual cameras and two other sensors.” New renders of the Google’s next big Pixel smartphone are further making…

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…

New Pixel 4 Images Show Big Camera Bump, and No Fingerprint Sensor

New Pixel 4 Images Show Big Camera Bump, and No Fingerprint Sensor

“As for the fingerprint sensor, it seems clear enough from Google’s own images that there isn’t going to be one on the Pixel 4’s rear.” Google’s next flagship smartphone is going to feature a big square bump for cameras and potentially other sensors on its rear, and appears to be doing away with rear-mounted fingerprint…

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…

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose Speakers Add Voice Control Via Google Assistant

Bose is adding voice control to its smart speakers via Google Assistant. The new integration will allow customers to control the speaker with simple voice commands after using the phrase “Hey Google” to get its attention. Google Assistant will introduce the usual array of smart home features. Users will be able to play music, control…

This Week’s Top Mobile ID Articles: Fighting Fraud and Spotlighting Google

This Week’s Top Mobile ID Articles: Fighting Fraud and Spotlighting Google

If there are any themes in this week’s top stories for Mobile ID World, at least one of them would have to be the fight against fraud. It’s a topic that permeates the discussion of one of the most popular recent interviews we’ve had in some time, with the Chief Technical Officer of a leading…

New Google Smartphones Feature FPC Biometrics Tech

New Google Smartphones Feature FPC Biometrics Tech

Google has launched the latest devices in its Pixel line of smartphones, and they once again feature fingerprint sensors from Fingerprint Cards. Launching just seven months after the Pixel 3, the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL are very similar devices, with one key difference: They’re priced at $399 and $479, respectively, compared to…

Qualcomm and Google Team Up to Push 5G Development

Qualcomm and Google Team Up to Push 5G Development

With the dawn of the 5G era on the horizon, Google and Qualcomm are both hoping that app developers will be quick to embrace the new technology. That’s why the two tech giants are teaming up to shed some light on the benefits of 5G at Google I/O. “4G enabled a new wave of disruptive…

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google’s New Nest Hub Max Adds Face and Gesture Recognition Camera

Google is consolidating its Nest and Google Home divisions with the Google Nest Hub Max, a slightly bigger version of the Google Home Hub (now the Google Nest Hub) speaker. Beyond the larger size (a 10-inch touchscreen instead of a 7-inch touchscreen), the Nest Hub Max’s most noteworthy addition is a new camera with facial…

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 Unveils Smaller and Faster Speech Recognition Technology

Google Unveils Smaller and Faster Speech Recognition Technology

Google has made some significant improvements to the speech recognizer on its mobile phones. The new software outputs every single character in real time and is entirely contained on the mobile device, which means that the dictation system will work offline with zero latency. Johan Schalkwyk, a Google Fellow with the company’s Speech Team, explained…

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…

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

Google Assistant to Become Your Translator

” Interpreter Mode will translate what the user is saying into the selected language through synthetic speech, or into text if it’s being used with a Google Smart Display. “ Google has announced a number of new features and integrations for its AI-driven virtual assistant platform at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but one of…

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