Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 to use facial recognition technology for payments

Galaxy S8
Facial recognition functionality to authorize Samsung Pay transactions.

Bloomberg has reported that Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 will use facial recognition to authorize payments.

Citing sources familiar with the situation, Bloomberg reported late last week that Samsung’s soon to be released Galaxy S8 smartphone is to include a facial recognition functionality to authorize Samsung Pay transactions.

The addition of facial recognition technology to Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone will likely create considerable consumer buzz for the company but also address widespread concerns surrounding mobile payment security. With mobile based cyber-crime on the rise and fierce competition from Apple, HTC, LG and Huawei, Samsung’s incorporation of facial recognition technology will both assist in its fight to protect users and ensure the S8 stands out from the competition. Samsung is, however, not alone in its endeavors. Apple is also pursuing the technology and was recently awarded a patent which relates to facial recognition and the information within a smartphone’s video feed. The iPhone 8 is expected to incorporate facial recognition later this year.

If Samsung uses facial recognition technology in its new S8 smartphone, it will not the first attempt by the company to use the technology. Samsung has used it in its mobile devices to help users unlock their phones. The company has also previously attempted to enable the authorization of Samsung Pay purchases using an iris scanning functionality in Samsung’s failed Note7 device.

If reports of Samsung using facial recognition technology are accurate, it could mark the beginning of a new era in mobile payments and provide a boost for Samsung who have experienced several setbacks over the past year. Problems with the Notebook 7 catching fire and the indictment of the company’s acting head on bribery and embezzlement charges have put pressure on Samsung to reclaim its reputation.

The new Galaxy S8 is set for release on March 29th.

More here [Bloomberg]

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