In the past few years, there have been numerous advancements when it comes to security on smartphones. Things like thumbprint recognition and contactless payments, such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, are just a few of the security features that have come from Apple and Android. However, Android is about to take that one step further. The Galaxy S8 is rumored to include a facial recognition element that will be used to make payments, and it will be available a few months after the phone’s release.
While previous Galaxy phones have used facial recognition to allow users to open their phones, this is the first time that the technology will be used when it comes to financial services. This software will blend iris, facial, and fingerprint recognition for the utmost protection of their customers. Apparently, Galaxy has already approached numerous banks on the possibilities of facial recognition security. Obviously, this is a piece of technology that Apple and other competitors would be interested in as well. In fact, just last week Apple obtained a patent for software that recognizes faces within digital video feeds.
Samsung is in serious need of something new and innovative after last year’s mishaps with their Galaxy Note 7. Last year, customers with Note 7’s were in danger of the phone bursting into flames. After a thorough investigation, Samsung found that their batteries were defective and were apt to explode and burst into flames as they were charging. Also, they admitted that the phone’s physical design attributed to this issue. The company was forced to perform a massive recall on their products costing the company millions of dollars.
This use of facial recognition could be the very thing to put Samsung back in the game, but we won’t know for sure until their press event. They are holding their big press conference, Galaxy UNPACKED, later this month on March 29th, 2017 and it will be streamed live on their site.