Samsung has updated the iris scanners on its Galaxy S9 and Note9 smartphones to now support Google’s new biometric API.
Samsung’s iris scanning technology debuted in 2016 in Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 and promised a new form of foolproof biometric security on the notion that a person’s irises are unique and nearly impossible to replicate. The iris scanner has since been featured on the Galaxy S8, S9, Note8 and Note9, although it is missing from the latest additions to Samsung’s smartphone lineup, the Galaxy S10 and Note10.
Users can scan their irises to unlock their phone, use Samsung Pay and their phone’s Samsung Secure folder. However, its popularity was limited due to the need for developers to use Samsung’s internal SDK instead of Google’s more popular package.
With new support for Google’s biometric API, Samsung users with iris scanners will now be able to use them to connect to a wider range of apps that have also been updated with the same API. , including Google Pay, LastPass, and a number of banks. applications.
Google launched its new API in early November this year, following the launch of its latest flagship Pixel 4 smartphone. The Pixel 4 was equipped with Face Unlock for biometric authentication, Google’s response to the popular Face ID feature. Apple found on the iPhone.
The launch of the Pixel 4 also marked the launch of Android’s latest operating system, Android 10, and with it the new Biometric API, an upgrade to the BiometricPrompt API that was introduced with Android Pie in 2018.
Source: Android Police