One of the features carried over from the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 to the Galaxy S8 is the iris scanner. Right now, it can only be used to unlock the S8, but a report suggests Samsung wants to use the feature for authenticating financial transactions. South Korean credit card companies actually want to implement iris scanning for verifying payments as they see it as a more secure than passwords and fingerprints, the Korea Herald reported. Unsurprisingly, Samsung Card Co. might be the first to implement the feature on its mobile app while other card companies are expected to follow. If true, this won't be the first time that iris scanning will be used to authenticate mobile payments.
Samsung claims that spoofing the iris scanner on the Galaxy S8 smartphone isn't as simple as a recent video demonstration would make it seem. The manufacturer made a statement, after the German hacker collective, Chaos Computer Club shared a video, detailing how it was able to unlock a Galaxy S8 handset using the printed image of an eye with a contact lens overlaid on the paper. "Although the one-minute video (that shows the sensor being fooled with a dummy eye) appears simple, it is hard to see that happening in real life," a Samsung spokesperson told The Korea Herald. "You need a camera that can capture infrared light (used in the video), which is no longer available in the market. Also, you need to take a photo of the owner's iris and steal his smartphone.
It appears Samsung has no plans of catching up and competing with Apple's Face ID facial recognition technology, which the Cupertino giant introduced with the iPhone X. A new report is now claiming that instead of working on its own 3D facial recognition technology, the South Korea giant is focused on improving its iris scanner.
Samsung introduced the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 with its own facial recognition technology for unlocking phones. Although the technology is supposed to provide an added layer of security, it looks like it can easily be tricked. In a recent Twitter livestream, YouTuber MarcianoPhone demonstrated that the facial recognition technology on the Galaxy S8 can easily be fooled by a full-screen selfie. He did this by registering his face on one of the Galaxy S8 units displayed at Samsung's showroom. He then used another S8 to take a photo of himself and used that photo to unlock the the Galaxy S8.
Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S8 line of devices were announced with tremendous fanfare. The Galaxy S8 serves as a symbol of Samsung's comeback story following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. In my opinion, the pros of the Galaxy S8 outweigh the cons. However, there is one specific con that has been making the headlines today. Early reviewers of the Galaxy S8 discovered a security flaw in the facial recognition feature.