Smartphone growth to slow in 2018 as mobile biometrics mostly stay the course, TrendForce predicts

Growth in global smartphone sales will slow to 2.8 percent in 2018, and only Apple and Nokia have a clear path to growth over the year, TrendForce predicts. Apple’s expansion in the Indian market and improved specifications for new iPhones will drive its market share up from 15.2 to 15.7 percent, while Nokia’s own new partnership in India will help it gain ground in the mid and low-end market, according to TrendForce. The firm also predicts that market leader Samsung’s

Multiple surveys find acceptance of biometrics by U.S., U.K. consumers mixed

TSheets recently surveyed 500 U.S. adults to determine what they know about biometrics. Turned out, only one in 10 recognized that fingerprint, DNA tests, handprint geometry, facial photography or retina and iris scans all contain biometric data. The report found that nearly 50 percent of respondents were not comfortable with using biometrics in nearly any situation. The report also found that only 28 percent were comfortable with using biometrics to unlock their phone, and 40 percent were absolutely unable to

Synaptics pits its Clear ID user experience against the field in evolving smartphone biometrics market

The integration of mobile devices with biometrics has been one of the industry’s great successes. All premium mobile devices now include fingerprint sensors, facial recognition, or both, and they are also found in an increasing number of mid-market and budget devices. As consumer expectations change, however, the technology has also evolved, and companies which have benefited from smartphone biometric adoption are under pressure to adapt to the rapidly changing market. With the launch of the Vivo X20 Plus UD, Synaptics’

Counterpoint estimates more than 1 billion smartphones to be shipped with facial recognition in 2020

More than a billion smartphones will be shipped with facial recognition in 2020, as Apple competitors follow it in adopting similar technology, according to a new report from Counterpoint Research. A number of OEMs will follow Apple with facial recognition integrated in devices released in 2018, the report says, including Samsung, which will offer 2D facial recognition along with iris recognition, and OnePlus, which will offer 2D facial recognition alone. The trend will continue, with manufacturers choosing between 2D and

Reports confirm all three new iPhone in 2018 to include Face ID

A pair of reports have confirmed that Apple plans to integrate Face ID into all three of the new iPhone models it releases this year, 9to5Mac reports. Both OLED flagship devices and the LCD iPhone will include the facial recognition system, ETNews and the Korea Herald report Apple is diversifying its supply chain for the modules. LG Innotek will continue to be the main vendor, along with a growing Chinese smartphone component company and a Chinese semiconductor packaging company. Sharp

Fingerprint Cards technology featured in new notebooks from Samsung, NEC

NEC’s new 2018 LAVIE Note Mobile notebook and the new Samsung Notebook Spin feature the Fingerprint Cards FPC1145 fingerprint sensor to quickly authenticate users on the built-in Windows Hello biometric authentication platform. According to a company statement, FPC1145 offers excellent 3D pixel-sensing technology that reads virtually any finger, dry or wet. Maintaining the industry’s lowest power consumption, the elongated form of sensor allows 360-degree rotation of the finger and sensitivity that enables maximum performance without compromising on design aesthetics or

Millennials ready for biometrics, lax on passwords: IBM study

Two-thirds of all adults are comfortable using biometric authentication today, and 87 percent would consider using it in the future, according to a global study by IBM. “The IBM Security: Future of Identity Study” also found that younger adults are more likely to use biometrics, multi-factor authentication and password managers to improve their personal security, even as they put less effort into traditional password hygiene. Just under half of all adults use complex passwords (49 percent), while only 42 percent

Apple’s Face ID and TrueDepth cameras make iPhone X a “strategic success”: analyst

The competitive advantage established by Apple’s Face ID and TrueDepth cameras make the iPhone X a “strategic success” regardless of exact sales numbers, AppleInsider reports KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a note. While competitors will release Face ID competitors in 2018, Kuo says Apple’s technology is up to two years ahead of the rest of the market, and will give it an advantage in augmented reality and artificial intelligence applications. Improvements could range from improved Animoji to

Dell’s latest flagship laptop features Goodix fingerprint solution

Dell’s latest flagship laptop XPS 13 features a Goodix fingerprint authentication solution. The XPS 13 is the smallest 13-inch laptop on the market that features a virtually borderless InfinityEdge display and has won a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Award. The cover fingerprint solution from Goodix carried by the new Dell XPS 13 laptop features compact module design, high-precision recognition and 360 degree readability, combined with Goodix’s self-learning software algorithm for enhanced security and rapid unlock. Certified by Windows Hello,

Biometric entry and connected-car applications popular at CES 2018

Numerous concept cars and connected-car systems featuring integrated biometrics are being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Many of the systems feature facial recognition for vehicle entry and operation, and voice recognition for vehicle operation and utilizing advanced features. Chinese electric car startup Byton is displaying an SUV concept car which grants access and turns on with integrated facial recognition, and also features gesture and voice recognition for operation, and integration with Amazon’s Alexa,