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Google Begins Testing Biometric Authentication For Autofill on Android and Chrome

Google Begins Testing Biometric Authentication For Autofill on Android and Chrome

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,…

TypingDNA Lands $7 Million in Series A Funding

TypingDNA Lands $7 Million in Series A Funding

TypingDNA is maintaining its upward trajectory with $7 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Google’s AI-oriented Gradient Ventures fund, and also garnered significant contributions from GapMinder and Techstars Ventures. As the name would suggest, TypingDNA is a typing biometrics specialist that authenticates users based on their typing patterns. The company is…

Samsung Galaxy Iris Sensors Now Support Google’s Biometric API

Samsung Galaxy Iris Sensors Now Support Google’s Biometric API

Samsung has updated the iris scanners in its Galaxy S9 and Note9 smartphones to now support the new Google Biometric API. Samsung’s iris scanning tech was first debuted in 2016 in Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, and promised a new fool-proof form of biometric security on the notion that a person’s irises are unique and nearly impossible…

Popular Password Manager Announces Face Unlock Support for Pixel 4 Users

Popular Password Manager Announces Face Unlock Support for Pixel 4 Users

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…

Security Flaw Makes Pixel 4 Face Unlock Vulnerable to Spoofing

Security Flaw Makes Pixel 4 Face Unlock Vulnerable to Spoofing

Google has delivered a sophisticated biometric security feature in its latest Pixel smartphones, but it has a glaring potential flaw: the devices’ Face Unlock system can authenticate a user even if they’re eyes are closed. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL‘s Face Unlock system is otherwise pretty impressive. Taking a cue from Apple, Google…

Google Subcontractor Comes Under Fire for Dubious Data Collection Tactics

Google Subcontractor Comes Under Fire for Dubious Data Collection Tactics

Biometrics News – Mobile Biometrics – Facial Recognition A Google subcontractor is being scrutinized for its questionable data collection tactics. The company in question is Randstad, which hired and managed a field team of Google TVCs (Temps, Vendors, and Contractors) to gather face images from the general public. People were offered $5 gift cards in…

Is the Google Pixel 4 Ditching Fingerprint Biometrics?

Is the Google Pixel 4 Ditching Fingerprint Biometrics?

“An unusually large amount of information has been leaked about the Google Pixel 4, reportedly because a retailer in Hanoi has been selling nearly-finished samples of the device.” Google is expected to launch its latest flagship smartphone in a matter of weeks, and it looks like the company is going to follow Apple’s lead in…

Nest Hub Max to Feature Face Matching, According to Google Assistant

Nest Hub Max to Feature Face Matching, According to Google Assistant

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…

Pixel Owners Can Now Use Biometric Login for Google Services

Pixel Owners Can Now Use Biometric Login for Google Services

“…Google has indicated the feature will be coming to any phone running Android 7.0 (or something more recent) in the next few days, while the service will presumably make its way to services like Gmail at some point in the future.” Google has enabled biometric authentication for people trying to access Google services on Android…

Google Wants Your Photo, Will Pay in Gift Cards

Google Wants Your Photo, Will Pay in Gift Cards

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 Details Privacy Policy After Dutch Audio Leak

Google Details Privacy Policy After Dutch Audio 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…

Hot Trends Make Appearances in This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories

Hot Trends Make Appearances in This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories

It has been another busy week in the varied world of biometrics, with the week’s top stories covering a range of modalities and applications. That having been said, two of FindBiometrics’ most popular articles speak to the persistent popularity of one salient trend in particular – the emergence of the biometric payment cards market: IDEX…

If the Pixel 4 Has a Biometric Fingerprint Sensor, It’s not on Its Back

If the Pixel 4 Has a Biometric Fingerprint Sensor, It’s not on Its Back

“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…

Will Face Biometrics Authenticate Payments on Android Q?

Will Face Biometrics Authenticate Payments on Android Q?

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…

Brief: Mobility Rules This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories

Brief: Mobility Rules This Week’s Top Biometrics Stories

The mobile sector has been an increasingly prominent one in the larger biometrics market since the Apple’s game-changing launch of Touch ID back in 2013, and with new innovations like Face ID and in-display fingerprint scanning, it shows no signs of slowing down. So it’s no wonder that FindBiometrics’ roundup of this week’s top biometrics…

FPC Fingerprint Sensors Power Google Pixel 3a’s Biometrics

FPC Fingerprint Sensors Power Google Pixel 3a’s Biometrics

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…

Google Nest Hub Max Features Facial Recognition

Google Nest Hub Max Features Facial Recognition

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…

Biometrics Institute Publishes Ethical Guideline Based on Seven Principles

Biometrics Institute Publishes Ethical Guideline Based on Seven Principles

The Biometrics Institute has issued seven ethical principles meant to serve as a guideline for how contemporary biometrics technology should be deployed. The list of principles begins with a bit of a tautology – “Ethical behaviour” – and goes on to include “Ownership of the biometric and respect for individuals’ personal data”, “Serving humans”, “Justice…

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