Tag Archive: Facial

AR Emoji update improves facial tracking and custom options on the Galaxy S9

Is anyone still using these?

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S9 and S9+ earlier this year, one of the more whimsical new features demoed was AR Emoji, Samsung’s competitor to the iPhone X’s Animoji. In short, the app scans your face and quickly spits out an animated version of you, with facial tracking and customizable options for hair, clothing, and skin tone.

With the latest update to AR Emoji, those custom options are expanding to help you  [Read More…]

Amazon’s creating a facial recognition system the government can use

Law enforcement will be a “common use case” for the tech.

Privacy is a luxury that seems to be slipping away from our world with every day that passes, and Amazon’s currently working on a system to ensure it disappears ASAP.

According to marketing materials that the ACLU obtained, Amazon’s building a new technology called “Rekognition” that’s designed for facial tracking. Per the ACLU —

Powered by artificial intelligence, Rekognition can identify, track, and analyze people in  [Read More…]

Fingerprint sensors are still better than facial recognition

Face unlock is great when you’re wearing gloves, but fingerprint sensors are good for more than just authentication.

Alongside the various Android phones I’ve tested, I’ve been using the iPhone X for about two months now. One of the most noteworthy changes to the iPhone X over previous models is the removal of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, now replaced with a high-tech face unlock function Apple calls Face ID. Some Android phones have similar features; the  [Read More…]

Galaxy S8 and S8+ get Verzion update to speed up facial recognition

Customers on Big Red should be seeing a rather sizeable update hit their Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices over the next few days. Before you get too excited, it’s not Android Oreo. Rather a large update that targets quite a lot of bug fixes. In addition to fixing a huge list of bugs related […]

Nest unveils the 4K HDR CAM IQ with facial recognition

Nest has unveiled their latest smart home camera, the IQ. Similar in looks to the Nest outdoor camera, the IQ packs an 8-megapixel (4K) sensor that supports 12x digital zoom and HDR color. The camera doesn’t stream in 4K but rather uses that 4K video to supersample to 1080p for super clear video and a […]

Samsung Galaxy S8 will use facial recognition for mobile payments

It’s straight out of a science fiction novel.

The rumor of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s facial recognition abilities is becoming stronger with each passing day. Bloomberg is reporting that the South Korean smartphone maker’s next smartphone will use that particular ability for securing mobile payments.

Here’s a snippet of the report:

Samsung Electronics Co.’s new Galaxy S8 will employ facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, adding cutting-edge security to help the marquee device stand  [Read More…]

Your next phone may switch to facial recognition when you’re wearing gloves

Fingerprint and iris scanning in one, thanks to Synaptics.

One of the most important companies you may not know about just made an important, and impressive, announcement at CES 2017.

Synaptics, purveyor of laptop trackpads and smartphone fingerprint sensors, announced that it is partnering with facial biometrics provider KeyLemon to allow for simultaneous multimodal smartphone security in future handsets. Says Synaptics:

The multi-factor fusion engine allows users to choose a modality based on preference, or one that is most  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger adding facial recognition for easier photo sharing

Facebook has begun a slow rollout of a new feature for its Messenger app that it hopes will make sharing photos easier. Called Photo Magic, the new feature uses facial recognition technology to find photos of your friends in your camera roll.

Facial recognition coming to Ice Cream Sandwich


Wouldn’t it be cool to use facial recognition for unlocking your Android device? A list of files reportedly leaked from a Nexus Prime appeared on MyDroidWorld, and one of the surprise applications was FaceLock.apk.

This wouldn’t be the first time we saw a form of biometric security on an Android device (the Motorla Atrix had a fingerprint scanner), but it’s a welcome addition now that our phones might soon replace our  [Read More…]