Samsung may combine facial recognition and iris scanning for Galaxy S9 unlock

Samsung may combine facial and iris recognition into a single scan for unlocking its Galaxy S9 lineup of mobile devices, according to a report by AndroidHeadlines. A teardown of the systems Settings app included in the Android 8.0 Oreo beta release for the Galaxy Note 8 is cited by blogger Maxwell Weinbach as revealing a service called “Intelligent Scan,” as well as indications about Samsung’s plans for biometric authentication.

Text was discovered among the code strings that specifically says “Unlock your phone using combined face and iris scanning,” while another says that using facial recognition and iris scans together improves authentication accuracy and security, AndroidHeadlines reports. The location of references to the feature discovered during the teardown indicate that it may be pushed out to other Samsung devices via an over-the-air update.

The Galaxy S9 series is set for a February 25 launch, and is expected to run Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box, reportedly with new and improved iris scanners integrated in both the S9 and S9 Plus.

A six-second video purported to be Samsung’s visualization to explain the feature to users has also been discovered.

Previously reported, Samsung recently launched its Exynos 9 Series 9810 application processor with significantly upgraded biometric capabilities, including 3D image processing and deep-learning based software.

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