Biometrics

Japan’s NTT DOCOMO first to use Qualcomm’s Sense ID biometrics

We’ve seen Qualcomm’s new take on biometrics, it’s only now we realize it has a proper name – the Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID biometrics. It’s distinctly different from the way Apple and Samsung has envisioned biometric security for devices – that is, through a capacitive button. Qualcomm uses ultrasonic waves to read your fingerprint, and now they have one of Japan’s biggest mobile carriers, NTT DOCOMO, backing them.

Vivo X5Pro to be released very soon

This month started with a teaser of what is believed to be the Vivo X5Pro. What's special about this smartphone is the retina scanner based on the images we saw  earlier which also means an enhanced phone security. Vivo, a Chinese phone manufacturer, has been very aggressive lately introducing phones that can be on par with the latest ones from the more popular brands.

Vivo X5Pro teased with retina scanner, expect enhanced phone security

Fingerprint scanners are still not a standard in smartphones but some premium flagship phones and tablets already have them. The likes of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge, Note 4, Meizu MX4 Pro, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Pantech Vega Secret Up, and the HTC One Max have fingerprint scanners used for several security and authentication purposes. While the technology is still in its early stage, there is potential for biometrics to be bigger.

Bodyprint technology turns touchscreen into a biometric scanner

Majority of the companies around the globe still do not fully adopt biometrics. Only a small percentage take advantage of the technology but more researchers now are working on to enhance the system, hoping to improve on it or create a totally new related technology. Some Yahoo Labs researchers were able to develop 'Bodyprint', a new technology that can turn any smartphone touchscreen display into a biometric scanner for many purposes.

Use fingerprint sensor to log into websites on your Galaxy S6

Since the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launch last week at the MWC in Barcelona, we've been hearing numerous reports and good reviews about the two. We've learned that Galaxy S6's battery is sort of removable, preorders for it and the S6 edge have reached 20 million, and that protective cases from Urban Armor Gear and OtterBox are ready. The South Korean giant also released a manual and official hands-on videos for the new flagship Android phone last week and scored the highest in a recent processor benchmark.

Synaptics now has fingerprint sensors for mobile devices

While smartphones with fingerprint sensors are still in the early stages, with just a few devices bearing this new tech, forecasts are saying that it will be one of the next big things for smartphones and tablets. There were just 317 million units that were fingerprint sensor-enabled by the end of 2014, but it's expected to rise to 1.4 billion units by 2020. Human interface solution provider Synaptics has announced they are branching out into fingerprint sensors, and they are looking at high-end mobile devices for their product.

Qualcomm brings fingerprint sensor, teases next gen Snapdragon

At the Mobile World Congress 2015, Qualcomm has brought a few announcements and a few teases as well as to what to expect from the tech company in the next few months. They're launching a new biometric sensor that will rival those already existing in the market, like in the newly-launched Samsung Galaxy S6. They also gave a preview of the next Snapdragon, which will be coming to a smartphone near you by 2016.

Updated ZTE Grand S3 features Eyeprint ID technology

ZTE is on hand at MWC 2015 in Spain and has announced what it claims to be one of the world's first smartphones that offers leading EyeVeify technology inside. The EyeVerify tech allows the user a password free smartphone experience thanks to the eye-based biometric solution.

Fingerprint-locked smartphones may be used as evidence

A ruling by a judge in Virginia Beach in an attempted murder case may very well change how the court views fingerprint-locked gadgets as evidence in ongoing cases. The judge granted the prosecutors petition to have access to the defendant's smartphone, saying that unlike password or pin protected devices, biometrics is considered a physical object and so you can be compelled to relinquish it, just like DNA or fingerprint evidence.
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