April 17, 2017 -
LG Electronics has reportedly partnered with facial recognition solutions firm Oez to integrate 3-D facial recognition software into its upcoming G6 smartphone, according to an article by The Investor.
After several negotiations and tests, LG will deploy the software in the G6 as early as June when the company plans to launch its own mobile payment system, LG Pay.
“Should LG utilize OezFR to support the payment system, it will be the first time for a facial recognition system to be used for financial transactions in the premium smartphone sector,” said an industry source in a report by News Prime.
According to the report, LG Electronics selected Oez’s software because it is easy to apply to contactless biometric technology in other LG flagship devices including the V20 and G5.
The launch of LG Pay would make the company the first to deliver facial recognition-based payments to the masses.
Apple’s iPhone 8 and Samsung’ Galaxy S8 are both expected to feature facial recognition systems.
In Samsung’s case, the feature cannot yet be used for payments which is probably for the best considering it was revealed last month that the Galaxy S8’s system could be fooled with a photo, according to a report by Digital Trends.
To ensure that this does not happen with the G6, LG and Oez have implemented security measures to make the facial recognition system more difficult to spoof.
South Korea seems to currently be the only definite market for LG Pay, and it remains to be seen if the digital payments service will be extended to other international markets in the future.
Previously reported, Goodix announced at the CES 2017 trade show that its fingerprint sensor was integrated in LG’s K10 and Stylus 3 smartphones.