Indian government calls on vendors to make affordable biometric smartphones

In an effort to more quickly move towards digital cashless economy, the Indian government is calling on local smartphone vendors to develop sub-Rs 2,000 (US$29.36) smartphones with capabilities to “scan for Aadhaar-based financial transactions” and eventually perform digital payments, according to a report by BGR India. The government has singled out Indian smartphone vendors like Micromax, Lava, Intex and Karbonn to develop biometric smartphones that are more affordable for people living in rural and remote areas of the country. “The

FPC fingerprint sensors featured in new Xiaomi and Huawei smartphones

Fingerprint Cards (FPC) recently announced two new integrations of its fingerprint sensors into mobile devices from Xiaomi and Huawei. The Xiaomi Mi Mix White version features the FPC1235 sensor and the Huawei Honor 6X international version features the FPC1025 sensor. Just last week, FPC announced that its touch sensor portfolio is now available for a wide range of PC’s.

Number of biometric smartphones more than doubled in a year: Acuity

Acuity Market Intelligence has published its latest ‘Biometric Smartphone Update’, which reveals that the number of smartphones incorporating fingerprint or eye-based biometrics has doubled since January 2016. The report finds that “87 smartphone vendors have introduced 346 biometric smartphones in the past year,” which brings the total number of biometric smartphone models introduced since 2013 to 549. This figure is more than double the 200 models the market research firm reported in January 2016. In addition, the report finds that

ASUS selects Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensors for the ZenFone AR

Synaptics‘ Natural ID fingerprint sensors and ClearPad touchscreen controllers are featured on the new ASUS ZenFone AR smartphone. Synaptics’ high-performance Natural ID fingerprint sensors are available with SentryPoint technology, giving OEMs a wide-range of secure authentication features including match-in-sensor technology, Quantum Matcher with PurePrint anti-spoof technology, and SecureLink 256-bit AES with TLS 1.2 encryption. “We are very excited about the newly launched ASUS ZenFone AR, the world’s first Tango enabled and Daydream-ready smartphone. The ZenFone AR was built for augmented

Synaptics Natural ID fingerprint sensor selected for Huawei Changxiang 6S

Synaptics announced Huawei has selected Synaptics TouchView TDDI and Natural ID fingerprint sensors for their new Changxiang 6S smartphones. TDDI provides high-performance touch and display for the Changxiang 6S while Natural ID manages secure biometric user authentication. The Natural ID fingerprint sensor is embedded on the back of the Changxiang 6S, enabling users to easily unlock the phone using their finger and securely access applications and data or conduct secure mobile transactions. Huawei’s new smartphone uses Synaptics SentryPoint security suite

Microsoft files biometric gestures patent, suggests whole-screen fingerprint reader

Microsoft filed a patent earlier this year for a new feature called “Biometric Gestures”, which allows smartphone owners to perform various actions by swiping their fingerprint scanner in a certain direction, according to a report by MS Power User. Google recently added a similar feature for Google Pixel called fingerprint scanner gestures. “In one or more implementations, a computing device includes a biometric sensor, such as a fingerprint touch sensor, that is configured to detect gesture input,” Microsoft writes in

Synaptics releases optical fingerprint sensors for smartphones

Synaptics has released a line of Natural ID biometric authentication solutions that leverage high-performance, highly secure optical-based fingerprint sensors for smartphones and tablets. The new line of Synaptics FS9100 optical fingerprint sensors offer high-resolution scanning through 1mm of full cover glass and enables button-free industrial designs. Natural ID FS9100 optical fingerprint sensors are designed to be placed under the cover glass, including 2.5D glass, located in the front, bottom bezel of devices. Cover glass biometrics eliminates button cut-outs and glass

Fujitsu’s latest smartphone using Delta ID iris recognition technology

Delta ID announced its ActiveIRIS 3.0 technology is powering the iris scanner of Fujitsu’s latest smartphone, the arrows NX F-01J launched by NTT DOCOMO, INC in Japan. The arrows NX F-01J marks the third Fujitsu smartphone to feature iris scanning technology, following last year’s release of the arrows NX F-04G and F-02H. Delta ID’s patent-pending ActiveIRIS iris recognition technology enables users to simply look at their device to unlock it, make a payment or login into an application or service.

InFocus to launch smartphone with IriTech iris scanner

InFocus will soon release a new Aadhaar authentication-enabled smartphone equipped with an IriTech iris scanner, in India, according to a report by Business Standard. Priced at under Rs 12,000 (US$178), the device will be made available in early 2017. Following its STQC (Standardization Testing and Quality Certification) from the Indian government, InFocus said it plans to launch more Aadhaar-enabled devices in the future. STQC certification authenticates the use of iris recognition devices, designed for biometric authentication purposes as part of

The OPPO A57 features fingerprint sensor FPC1245

The OPPO A57 was launched today and features Fingerprint Cards‘ fingerprint sensor FPC1245. Earlier this month, the OnePlus 3T was launched with the FPC1245 sensor and according to a company statement at the time, the FPC1245 sensor in OnePlus 3T supports 0.2s unlock time, 360 degree rotation and self-learning accuracy. In other company news, Fingerprint Cards was recently announced as the winner in Deloitte’s annual Sweden Technology Fast 50, a cross-industry ranking of technology companies in Sweden. FPC took first