Deloitte predicts 300M smartphones to feature machine learning capabilities in 2017

Deloitte has published its “Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) Predictions” report, which forecasts that over 300 million smartphones (more than 20 percent of units sold in 2017) will feature machine learning capabilities in the next 12 months. The 16th edition of the report explores how mobile devices will be able to perform machine learning tasks even without connectivity, which will significantly impact the way humans communicate with technology across industry verticals, markets and societies. The report emphasizes that machine learning

Yole releases fingerprint sensor report

According to a new research report from Yole Développement, global fingerprint technology shipment volumes will experience a 19 percent compound annual growth rate through to 2022, at which time the market will be projected to be worth US$4.7 billion. The research firm found that 689 million fingerprint sensors for smartphones were sold in 2016, a massive increase from the 23 million units sold in 2013. Such growth shows an incredible 210 percent compound annual growth rate between 2013 and 2016.

Saudi telco blames Q4 loss on biometric identification initiative

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), Saudi Arabia’s second largest telecommunications operator, blamed a fourth-quarter loss on the cost of implementing a government initiative to register fingerprints with phone numbers, according to a Reuters report. Mobily posted a net loss of $18.9M USD in the three months to December 31. This compares with a profit of $2.8M USD in the prior-year period. Mobily said the suspension of unregistered customer lines and resulting pressure on sales contributed to a 16.6 per cent decline in

Global biometric adoption rises as smartphone prices decline

Acuity Market Intelligence published “The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report“, which reveals that the quarterly average price of a biometric smartphone decreased from $849 in Q1 2013 to $276 in Q4 2016. The report states that there are now 120 sub-$150 models on the market at an average price of $116, a significant increase from the 28 biometric models available a year ago at an average price of $127. There are currently 87 handset vendors offering biometric smartphones, with ZTE

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