Android phone assemblers hope to have fingerprint sensors sometime next year

“Michael Barrett cringes every time he has to enter a password on his smartphone,” Byron Acohido reports for USA Today. “But six months from now Barrett says he will be able to choose from the latest Android models that will come equipped with a biometric sensor capable of letting him swipe his fingerprint to access a wide range of his online accounts.”

“That’s the scenario being proactively pursued by the FIDO Alliance, a group of 48 tech companies, led by PayPal and Lenovo, hustling to implement a milestone technical standard,” Acohido reports. “‘The intention of FIDO is absolutely that it will allow consumers to have access to mobile services that they can use with very low friction, while keeping good security,’ says Barrett, president of the FIDO Alliance.”

Acohido reports, “Apple’s latest iPhone model features a much-ballyhooed fingerprint sensor, called Touch ID, that can be used to lock and unlock the phone, as well as authenticate the user to purchase digital media on iTunes. Touch ID, for the moment, is not FIDO-compliant… However, Barrett says Touch ID could easily be adapted to FIDO. ‘Our view is that it’s possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that’s probably a couple of years out.’ … Silicon Valley start-up Nok Nok Labs is developing the first servers to facilitate FIDO services.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: They call it FIDO because it’s a dog. A slow, late one, at that.

Apple: “Here’s what all of you knockoff peddlers will be trying to copy next year.”

Knockoff peddlers: “Sir, yes, sir! Thank you, sir, may I have another?!”

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39 Comments

    1. ‘Our view is that it’s possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that’s probably a couple of years out.’ … Silicon Valley start-up Nok Nok Labs is developing the first servers to facilitate FIDO services.”

      So how do you intend to activate FIDO in 6 months time when you don’t even have the infrastructure?

      Oops!! Sorry my bad,

      “latest Android models that will come equipped with a biometric sensor capable of letting him swipe his fingerprint to access a wide range of his online accounts.”

      If Gcrookgle says that will happen then it will happen, it wont be Gcrookgles fault if the servers take two years to come online!!!

    1. Apple already figured out the hard part, which is the methods of how it should be work. These Andriod guys, as usual, can’t figure it out until Apple show them how to do it. But they later claim this is common sense anyway, of course no one figure it out until Apple does it.

  1. Someone please make a list of every tech pundit that recently slammed the touch sensor on the 5s and save it for when Assmung has it on their flagship mobile devices 🙂

  2. Are these the same people who were trolling saying that Touch ID was old technology, and that Apple hadn’t innovated on this front? Now they’re 6 months from *maybe* doing something comparable? hahahahahahahaha

  3. FIDO: “We’re a standard and… and Apple isn’t yet compatible with us, and… they… they should be. Even though we’re way behind the 8-ball, come pay attention to us!

    1. “…hustling to implement a milestone technical standard,”
      Except for the fact that Apple just set that milestone standard!
      Are they hoping Apple will just hand over the technology?

  4. FIDO: Frankly, It Doesn’t Operate.

    Why in the world would anyone think of trusting any banking data to Android? WTF?

    ‘The intention of FIDO is absolutely that it will allow consumers to have access to mobile services that they can use with very low friction, while keeping good security…’

    Good Security? Starting from a deficit in that regard, how to you get to ‘Good’, let alone ‘Halfway Decent’?

  5. The standard should not be the technology of the authentication (TouchID, a swipe sensor) …. it should be how the authentication is used by both the OS and individual applications so as to ensure the individual’s security.

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