Biometric smartphones are officially mainstream: Acuity Market Intelligence

According to research firm Acuity Market Intelligence, biometric smartphones are officially mainstream. More than 200 smartphones incorporating fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein biometrics been introduced since Q1 2013 under 70 brand names including Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, TCL, Oppo, Vivo, and ZTE. Acuity projects that 600 million biometric smartphones are currently in use representing 28% of the global installed base. According to Maxine Most, Acuity Market Intelligence Principal, “This explosion of biometric smartphones is just the beginning. The number of models

Two Chinese smartphone brands order fingerprint technology from Q Tech

Two unnamed Chinese smartphone manufactures have ordered approximately five hundred thousand units of fingerprint recognition modules from Q Technology Company Limited. Q Technology expects that its fingerprint recognition business will diversify its businesses and will help broaden its revenue base. The company says it is one of four fingerprint recognition module suppliers worldwide verified by Fingerprint Cards AB and has also has established strong relationships with other major fingerprint sensor providers. In a statement, Q Technology says the two new

Pishon Lab crowdfunding its biometric smart lock via IndieGoGo

Pishon Lab, the creators of Tapp, are pitching biometrics over keys and combinations as the better way to open and secure a padlock. TAPP will allow users to unlock their valuables using their fingerprint and Pishon Lab is looking to raise $40,000 via Indiegogo to start production and quality assurance. TappLock and TappLock Lite are roughly the same size as an ordinary combination lock, but instead of a dial on its face it has a fingerprint scanner, and pressing an

Google, Movidius aims to make smartphones see on their own

Google is working with Movidius to incorporate powerful image recognition technology into smartphones. The two companies entered into an agreement whereby Google will source Movidius processors along with the entire Movidius software development environment for its mobile devices. In turn, Google will contribute to Movidius’ neural network technology roadmap. The agreement enables Google to accelerate adoption of machine learning applications in its mobile devices. Reportedly, the technology will “allow the next generation of smartphones see on their own” and provide

FPC and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology in Lenovo K5 Note

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Lenovo K5 Note smartphones. The Lenovo device uses Precise Biometrics’ product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile and the FPC1035 touch fingerprint sensor. Just last week, Fingerprint Cards and Precise Biometrics announced that its fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Meizu Meilan Metal “Telecom version” and Coolpad Note 3 Lite smartphones. Previously reported, Fingerprint Cards will issue its 2015 year-end report

Synaptics working with Intel and Lenovo to bring enterprise-level biometric authentication to ThinkPad notebooks

Synaptics announced that it is working with Intel and Lenovo on secure enterprise-level fingerprint authentication for the next generation of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks. Synaptics’ Natural ID area touch fingerprint solution is supported by Intel Authenticate, a hardware-enhanced, multifactor authentication solution that strengthens identity protection on the PC, making it less vulnerable to identity and security credential attacks. Intel Authenticate uses everything from personal identification numbers to Bluetooth to location and biometrics to verify identity. Tom Garrison, vice president and general

Two new smartphone integrations for FPC and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology

Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC) and Precise Biometrics fingerprint technology has been integrated into the latest Meizu Meilan Metal “Telecom version” and Coolpad Note 3 Lite smartphones. The devices both use Precise Biometrics’ product for fingerprint recognition in mobile devices, Precise BioMatch Mobile. The Meizu device uses the FPC1155 touch fingerprint sensor, while the Coolpad device uses the FPC1025 touch fingerprint sensor. It has been a busy start to the year for the two companies. Just last week Fingerprint Cards (FPC)

FPC nominated for Telekompriset 2015, announces new integrations with Precise Biometrics

Fingerprint Cards AB announced today that it has been nominated for a Telekompriset 2015 industry award. Telekompriset or Telekom Prize acknowledges companies and individuals who have excelled in the telecommunications industry and is awarded by the independent Swedish newsletter Telecom News. The winners will be announced at the Telecom Gala in February. Fingerprint Cards (FPC) and Precise Biometrics also announced today that its fingerprint technology has been integrated into the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Quanwangtong and QiKu Flagship Ultimate smartphones.

Fingerprint sensors for all 2016 Moto-branded smartphones

According to a report in GSMArena, Chen Xudong, SVP of Lenovo and president for Lenovo China and Asia Pacific, revealed that all 2016 Moto devices will have fingerprint readers. The Lenovo executive also noted that all phones in the 2016 Moto portfolio will have screens larger than five inches. Going forward, the Moto brand will be used primarily for higher-end devices, while budget devices will sport Lenovo’s Vibe handle. The company expects no more than 15 smartphone models will be

Biometrics and smart gun technology, facial recognition, CES and fingerprint authentication trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Smart gun technology Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced a series of executive actions designed to reduce gun violence in the United States, which includes the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security conducting or sponsoring research into gun safety technology, such as biometrics. “If we can set it up so that you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the