Sources close to Samsung indicate the company is planning to make several improvements to the iris scanning function in their flagship smartphones and they will eventually deploy the technology to lower market tier devices. The first device that should benefit from this enhancement to iris scanning technology is expected to be the Galaxy S9. The sources indicate Samsung believes iris scanning is the safest, most secure option among fingerprint, facial recognition and iris scanning which is why the company is committing so strongly to the technology.
Some of the improvements sources report include a change in the camera lens to capture 3MP of data instead of the current 2MP captured with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8. A big improvement being worked on will enable the scanner to recognize irises even when a user has eyeglasses on, happen to move their eyes a bit during scanning, or in sub-par environments that are too light or too dark.
On the software end, Samsung is working to speed up the whole process. Right now the iris scanner takes approximately one second to process. Samsung wants to cut that down and likely wants to get it to where it seems to be instantaneous to the end user. Other improvements will focus on improving accuracy and ensuring the scanner cannot be fooled.
The need to improve the overall level of security is important to Samsung and partners as the company tries to move more people to using their devices for mobile banking and financial transactions. Samsung is not only working on their Samsung Pay app to enhance the existing biometric security available, they are also working with several banks in Korea to agree to make more services available based on the use of biometric authentication. The long-term goal is to get all financial transaction activities a user may engage in secured with biometrics instead of just a username and password combination.
Samsung is also expected to start pushing the iris scanning technology into the mid-level market with late 2018 or early 2019 models.
Some sources believe LG is pursuing a similar adoption of iris scanning for biometric authentication and may have it available for the LG G7 next year.
source: The Korea Herald