Samsung adopts facial-recognition technology for mobile payments as a new feature in the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S8 will incorporate facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, adding cutting-edge security to help the marquee device stand out from competitors such as Apple Inc’s iPhone.
The Galaxy S8 to be unveiled later this month will combine fingerprint, IRIS and facial detection to verify users accessing mobile services including Samsung Pay, the officials said.
It’s already working with banks to help them embrace facial recognition systems in coming months.
The Korean company needs to make a splash after killing off the global lead in smartphones, fire-prone Note 7, which cost it more than $6 billion. Success for the S8 will be vital to salvaging Samsung’s fame, specifically with de facto chief Jay Y. Lee detained in a corruption scandal that’s already led to the ouster of the nation’s president. And it’ll be going up against the new iPhone due later in 2017 — the 10th anniversary of the iconic device.
The previous Galaxy phones of Samsung have allowed users to unlock their mobiles using facial recognition, the new Galaxy S8 would be the first to use the technology to verify financial payment applications of the users.
The senior officials said, The mobile security taking on greater significance among the mobile users, the company has been trying to bolster its facial detection rate over the years.
Iris and facial detection abilities complement each other: Mobiles can depend on IRIS detection when there’s not enough ambient light to recognize facial features of the users. But the smartphone unlocks faster and with more accuracy when it comes to recognizing faces.
It’s a technology also sought after by rivals. Apple had acquired facial recognition developers in the past and won a patent last week for a method to detect faces using information in digital video feeds.