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Android Nougat Supports Samsung Pass on Galaxy S7

Android Nougat Supports Samsung Pass on Galaxy S7

Samsung started bringing the latest version of Google’s Android operating system to its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge this week. And among Android Nougat’s new features is support for a biometric identification platform. Called Samsung Pass, the system was first announced last August. It’s meant to act as a kind of digital master key for…

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

BioMini Combo Fingerprint Scanner Becomes Android-Compatible

Suprema has announced Android compatibility for its BioMini Combo fingerprint scanner. The BioMini Combo is a FAP20 certified fingerprint scanner with RFID compatibility, allowing for two-factor authentication via fingerprint biometrics and NFC-capable smart cards. Like the recently announced BioMini Slim S, it’s also designed to function in outdoor deployments, even under direct sunlight. That portability…

Is Swipe-Scan Notification Access Coming To Nexus Phones?

Is Swipe-Scan Notification Access Coming To Nexus Phones?

Google might bring one of the neat new features of its Pixel smartphones to some older devices, according to new reports. The Pixel lets users swipe as they scan their fingerprints in order to get quick access to notifications, a feature that Samsung may be seeking to emulate for its own forthcoming devices. But with…

TOC Unveils Biometric Consent App

TOC Unveils Biometric Consent App

TOC Biometrics has announced a new app that lets users offer their consent for agreements through a fingerprint scan. Called the TOC App, it’s available for iOS and Android. It’s designed to send push notifications to users when they need to provide consent online through their mobile devices, prompting them to scan a finger in…

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

Microsoft Seeks iPhone, Android Support to Push Windows Hello Security

“…users may soon be able to log into their Windows 10 PCs via fingerprint scan on a personal iPhone or Android device…” Microsoft is reaching out to rivals’ tech ecosystems to help push Windows 10 users beyond the password. Speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite developer conference, senior OS security executive Anoosh Saboori said that the company…

Chase Bank Enhances Mobile App’s Fingerprint Biometrics

Chase Bank Enhances Mobile App’s Fingerprint Biometrics

Chase Bank has enhanced its mobile app’s support for fingerprint recognition with new functionality, Android Headlines reports. While fingerprint-based login was already enabled for the app back in April, it now also allows users to authorize payments and transfers via fingerprint scan. The move comes just after Chase announced its support for Android Pay, Google’s mobile payment…

Natural Security Mobile App Relies on Fingerprint Biometrics

Natural Security Mobile App Relies on Fingerprint Biometrics

“The Natural Security mobile app is currently being rolled out in the US at San Jose State University and in France through the Lille-based Envies de Saison fast-food chain, and the Natural Security Alliance says more partnerships are in the pipeline…” The Natural Security Alliance has launched its Natural Security mobile app on iOS and…

Sneakerheads Get Biometric Checkout on Nike’s SNKRS App

Sneakerheads Get Biometric Checkout on Nike’s SNKRS App

“With the new feature, SNKRS becomes just the latest Android app to embrace the native fingerprint biometrics capabilities built into Android Marshmallow…” Sneakerheads are getting an easier way to pay for their shoes on Nike’s SNKRS app, reports Droid Life. The app is enabling fingerprint verification for mobile purchases. The biometric option arrives with other…

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Tech Could Make Norwegian Authentication Program Mobile-First

Encap Security’s Smarter Authentication platform has been selected for a pilot project in Norway aiming to make a leading digital ID program mobile-first. The program is called BankID. It originally started in 2004 as an authentication mechanism for online banking, but has quickly been adopted across a range of sectors and applications. In a statement,…

FBI Contracts InCadence For Android-Based Biometric Software

FBI Contracts InCadence For Android-Based Biometric Software

Government-focused solutions integrator InCadence Strategic Solutions has won a contract to provide the FBI with mobile biometrics technology. It’s a one-year contract with the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Divison, Global Initiatives Unit, with options for four additional years. The contract entails the provision of mobile, Android-based biometric capture software pertaining to fingerprints and facial data…

Will Google Kill The Password on Android In 2016?

Will Google Kill The Password on Android In 2016?

Google could give the password a fatal wound this year, according to plans that have emerged from the Google I/O developers conference last week. Daniel Kaufman, head of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team, revealed that the company aims to replace passwords on Android devices with passive authentication by the end of 2016. It’s…

Chipotle’s Android App Supports Fingerprint Scanning

Chipotle’s Android App Supports Fingerprint Scanning

Chipotle’s Android app now supports fingerprint scanning, reports Android Police. It’s an ordering and payment app, and as such users need to upload their payment card information. With such sensitive data stored on the app, the integration of fingerprint-based security should help to assure users of the app’s security. It’s a move that takes advantage…

Android Users Can Login to Chase Bank App With Fingerprints

Android Users Can Login to Chase Bank App With Fingerprints

Chase Bank has enabled fingerprint login for its Android app. Customers using compatible devices running on the Marshmallow OS, which features native fingerprint scanning support, can now sign in to the app simply by scanning their fingers, though certain app features will still require password-based authentication as well. As AndroidCentral notes, Chase Bank is only the…

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

Money20/20 Europe: TOC Approve App Offers Third-Party Biometric Authentication

TOC Biometrics is showcasing its Approve app at this year’s Money20/20 Europe conference. Available for iOS and Android, it’s a system that could have potentially broad applications. TOC Approve essentially acts as an independent verification mechanism for other businesses, apps, and so on. And it revolves around a simple concept: When a user needs to…

NNL S3 Authentication Suite Supports Android Fingerprint Biometrics

NNL S3 Authentication Suite Supports Android Fingerprint Biometrics

Nok Nok Labs has upgraded its S3 Authentication Suite to enable support for Android fingerprint scanning. Android 6.0, or ‘Android Marshmallow’, is the first Android operating system to introduce native fingerprint scanning capabilities. NNL’s support of the feature complements its already existing support for Apple iOS’s Touch ID fingerprint scanning, allowing even more S3 Authentication…

Digital Insight Enables Android Fingerprint ID On Mobile Banking App

Digital Insight Enables Android Fingerprint ID On Mobile Banking App

Fintech solutions provider Digital Insight is integrating Android Fingerprint ID into its Mobile Banking App, the company has announced. The integration complements the app’s current support for Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint authentication system for iOS, and Eyeprint ID, EyeVerify’s eye vein-based mobile authentication solution. Digital Insights hopes to roll out Android Fingerprint ID to all…

Google Aims To Go Hands Free, Scan Faces With Android Pay

Google Aims To Go Hands Free, Scan Faces With Android Pay

Google is testing out an experimental payment option for Android Pay based on facial biometrics. The company recently put out a call for participants for its new Hands Free project, which will operate in the South Bay area of Silicon Valley in cooperation with select merchants including McDonald’s and Papa John’s. One part of the project…

Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Upgraded Smarter Authentication Platform Offers Stronger MITM Protection

Encap Security has released a new version of its flagship platform, with Smarter Authentication v. 3.1 offering even more robust security against hack attacks. Smarter Authentication essentially aims to use mobile devices as security credentials, leveraging contextual data as well as biometric scanning for authentication purposes. The system already supported Apple’s Touch ID and Samsung…

Samsung Mobile Devices To Use Morpho Face Biometrics

Samsung Mobile Devices To Use Morpho Face Biometrics

Samsung is going to integrate a Morpho (Safran) biometric solution into its Android devices. It’s a software development kit for facial recognition, and a new partnership will see Samsung ICT division Samsung SDS integrate it into a new multimodal authentication platform. It’s meant to enable a biometric alternative to passwords, and lets developers leverage devices’ built-in…

1Password Updates Leverages Android 6.0 Fingerprint Scanning

1Password Updates Leverages Android 6.0 Fingerprint Scanning

A new update for the 1Password Android app has brought biometric security to the password manager. In addition to upgrades related to a user interface redesign and a number of bug fixes and tweaks, the 1Password 6 enables login via fingerprint scan on Android Marshmallow devices featuring fingerprint sensors. While there are only a small…

TMG Rolls Out Samsung Pay Functionality

TMG Rolls Out Samsung Pay Functionality

Tech-forward payment solutions provider TMG (The Members Group) is preparing to roll out Android Pay and Samsung Pay functionality for several of its financial institution clients, and Dupaco Community Credit Union had already taken the plunge. The two new mPayment options went live yesterday for Dupaco customers, with Apple Pay support having launched back in December…

Wacom Launches eSignature App for iOS, Android

Wacom Launches eSignature App for iOS, Android

Wacom has launched a new eSignature app for iOS and Android. Called Sign Pro PDF, the system is designed to facilitate fast and cheap electronic signature capture. It’s aimed at business and freelance users dealing with PDF documents, and boasts of particularly robust security measures. Documents that have been scanned are then encrypted, and the…

New Partnership Aims to Bring On-Device Image Recognition to Android Smartphones

New Partnership Aims to Bring On-Device Image Recognition to Android Smartphones

Google is teaming up with computer vision specialist Movidius to bring enhanced image recognition to its Android smartphones. The partnership will see Google integrate Movidius’ flagship MA2450 processor chip into its devices. Movidius says the MA2450 is “the only commercial solution on the market today with the performance and power-efficiency to perform complex neural network computations…

KodeKey Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Authentication Tokens

KodeKey Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Authentication Tokens

A new startup is aiming to turn users’ smartphones into authentication tokens. Called Qondado, the Puerto Rico-based company was started last year, and is now announcing its flagship platform, KodeKey. The system ties a user to her phone number via biometrics, and then allows clients to use that number for authentication. So, for example, a…

Mobile Identity Month: The Role Of Flexibility

Mobile Identity Month: The Role Of Flexibility

Last week as part of Mobile Identity Month at FindBiometrics we explored the concept of multimodality in mobile authentication. Of course, thanks to the recent mainstreaming of biometric technology, as well as major innovations in cost, size and availability, we now have the privilege of going beyond the concept and looking  into practice. There are…

Google Outlines Standards For Fingerprint Scanning

Google Outlines Standards For Fingerprint Scanning

Google has issued its Android Marshmallow OS requirements for third party developers, and is placing an emphasis on security and power. Power, of course, meaning battery life: The new requirements essentially stop developers from messing around with Doze, a system feature designed to ensure that battery is maximally conserved by essentially putting inactive apps into…

Mobile Identity Month: The Primer

Mobile Identity Month: The Primer

Mobility and biometrics are at a mutual point of transformation thanks to a perfect alignment of factors. To celebrate the resulting boom in biometrics, FindBiometrics is pleased to announce that October is Mobile Identity Month. Throughout the next four weeks we will be taking a featured look at how biometrics and mobility are converging, the…

Crossmatch Handheld Device Wins GSN Award

Crossmatch Handheld Device Wins GSN Award

Crossmatch’s Verifier Sentry has won Government Security News’ (GSN) Biometric Identification Device of 2015. The honor was bestowed as part of GSN’s annual Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards. The Verifier Sentry is an Android-based handheld device allowing for on-the-spot multimodal authentication. It has a FAP 30 finger sensor that meets PIV-071006 specifications, and a…

Bank of America App Authenticates Via Fingerprints

Bank of America App Authenticates Via Fingerprints

Bank of America is now letting users of its Android mobile app log in via fingerprint scan. The upgrade comes by way of an update to the app available through the Google Play Store. Along with improvements to the app aiming to make it easier for users to digitally deposit cheques and to set up…

Google Adds Speech Recognition to Docs

Google Adds Speech Recognition to Docs

Google has added some major new features to Google Docs for Android users. The web services now allow integrated google searches, automatic chart generation, and speech recognition. It allows for a much-improved user experience on Android smartphones. Information can be googled directly from the app and data can be dropped into spreadsheets on the fly, with…

FPC Helped Develop Android M’s Fingerprint System

FPC Helped Develop Android M’s Fingerprint System

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) has helped Google to develop the fingerprint sensor capabilities of its new Android M operating system, the company has announced. FPC provided Google with prototype devices based on its FPC1020 and FPC1025 sensors. The collaboration has helped to push up FPC’s shares by 5.1 percent, according to a Reuters report from Olof…

Android M Features Native Fingerprint Authentication

Android M Features Native Fingerprint Authentication

The new version of Google’s Android mobile operating system is going to have built-in fingerprint authentication according to a BuzzFeed article by Joseph Bernstein. The OS, called Android M, will debut at the Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco next week. The native system may actually have been meant to come out with Lollipop…

FPC Sensor Used on New Yulong Phone

FPC Sensor Used on New Yulong Phone

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) fingerprint sensors have found their way into Yulong’s new Android smartphone, the companies have revealed. The mobile device is called Coolpad Tiptop Pro, and features the FPC1025 sensor. In a statement, FPC CEO Jörgen Lantto expressed excitement about the integration. It’s a product of the higher-than-anticipated sales that the company has enjoyed so…

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung Investigating Fingerprint Cloning Claims

Samsung says it’s looking into FireEye’s claims; and it’s worth noting that the Android 5.0 Lollipop OS does not features this vulnerability. Numerous Android mobile devices including Samsung’s Galaxy S5 have major security vulnerabilities allowing hackers to copy users’ fingerprints, according to security firm FireEye. As reported by Thomas Fox-Brewster in a Forbes article, FireEye…