News spread on the Galaxy S8‘s facial recognition feature may support mobile payments according to this rumor. The feature will not immediately be available on Samsung’s upcoming flagship devices that are scheduled to be announced at the end of this month on March 29th, rather Samsung would enable the mobile payment support for facial recognition a number of month after the phone is launched, which is rumored to become available around April 21st in South Korea, and potentially the following weeks in the U.S. and Canada.
If that’s the case, then, Samsung would rollout an update to enable mobile payments through facial recognition later on. Alongside the methods like PIN numbers and fingerprints which already work with mobile payments currently, the rumor also states that Samsung is already working with banks to get facial recognition working with their payment institutions and to get banks to accept the unlock method. In addition to mobile payments being secured by facial recognition, the rumor only mentions Samsung Pay as a supported payment method so it’s likely that it would support Android Pay or Pay Pal, as facial recognition would have to be integrated by the companies behind those mobile payment systems. Don’t Miss: Early Access For Samsung Pay Registrations Goes Live In India With Paytm Support
In fact, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus owners will have full access to something that owners of other devices will not. In addition to mobile payments, the rumor also alleges that users would be able to use their facial recognition to access other mobile services, though, it’s not yet explained what those other mobile service could be.
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The facial recognition feature was actually rumored to be included with Samsung’s upcoming new smartphones back on March 10th, but at that time there was no mention about the new security method supporting anything other than allowing users to unlock their device. With that said, the facial recognition supports Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which isn’t detailed when exactly could be further out than that. It seems that the plan is to have it launched on both phones sometime this year, and utterly depends largely on the support of the banks. However, this move may expand the technology to support secure financial transactions.
Update x1: Apple is also tipped to add an iris scanner onto its 10th-anniversary iPhone, dubbed iPhone 8 – will allow users to unlock the device using their eyes. If Samsung successfully adds the acknowledge feature on its Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, it will be better to enabled facial recognition for mobile payments before Apple launches its initiative in September.
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