Iris scanners to become more prevalent in smartphones; feature will drive a rise in mobile payments

Iris scanners to become more prevalent in smartphones; feature will drive a rise in mobile payments
One of the features that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is known for is its iris scanner. The phone isn't the first to offer one, and according to a new report from ABI Research, it won't be the last. In fact, by 2021 ABI says that 300 million smartphones will be shipped carrying an iris scanner. The advantages over the ubiquitous fingerprint scanner include the ability to unlock the phone, or verify a mobile payment ID without touching the device.

Marina Lu, Senior Analyst at ABI Research, says that iris scanning will help drive the implementation of mobile payment services by making the process more seamless. "We find that users are still wary to rely on mobile payments due to security concerns, but iris scanning will help drive future mobile payment adoption," she said.

The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G was the first smartphone to carry an iris scanner. The phone was introduced in March 2015. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL were next, followed by the Nubia Prague S. HP's Windows 10 Mobile powered Elite x3 also comes with this feature. There already is talk that Apple will include an iris scanner with the 10th anniversary iPhone to be released in approximately a year from now.

ABI's Lu says that iris scanners will eventually become more popular than fingerprint readers. And while the feature can be found right now on high-end devices, eventually less expensive models will employ them as well.

source: ABI



1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

That's a welcome addition.. More Secure than fingerprint scanner and also come in handy where finger print scanner fails (like using finger print scanner with gloves) Bring it on...!!!

3. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I still think fingerprint authentication is more practical and even health wise safer..

6. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Choice for the win. Dirty hands, gloves, hands free = iris scan. Otherwise fingerprint scan.

22. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Is iris scaning actually proven to be bad for our health?

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no, retina scanning is bad, but not for iris scanning

2. iushnt

Posts: 3126; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

By 2021, Samsung alone will ship more than 300M phones with IRIS scanner.

4. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

It will take Apple to perfect the technology and make it mainstream.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Too late. Apple will do what they always do, wait while others do the actual work, then copy and claim they perfected it.

20. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

Good joke

5. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

Well everybody copying from mine Vivo X5Pro.. I have eye ID since 2015

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It's not copying. At leats not to me. When a product is released that is offering a standard concept or feature, that will be sold to other outfits to be used in a similar way, then I don't call that copying. after all, every tech company can't release an option all at the exact same time. They all have to take time and make the tech work with the platform and device they work with. So it takes time to bring it to the masses and have it work correctly. Copying to me is when a company goes out on their own and invents something no one has, and then other companies who can't license it; come up with their own version for it that does similar. That would be copying. Honestly its been a long time since any OEm has done something truly unique. taking ideas and conepts from the past and evolving them because we have better software and hardware development, doesn't change the fact we've had the tech on some level. All tech old or new should and will be always improved. But Iris Scanner have been around for quaite some time. Vivo may have been the first to bring it to a smart phone, but they were not the first to actually use or implement this form of bio-metrics. So in reality they copied someone and everyone is copying the original idea. Which is now going to be a standard option that every one can buy. Just remember, lost of smartphone tech like fingerprint readers, iris scanners and even other forms of identifying people have been used by governments for years.

18. PhoneFix

Posts: 81; Member since: Aug 30, 2016

In reality they DIDN'T cooy anybody just they first took opportunity to their hands and they been first who realised it on smartphoe.. That's not copy, that's not illegal.. In world there is sayin ; ,,who first going then he rolling" But the problem is dat when it comes to ipho e everybody when says "oh they copy aplle it is true.. But when they copied sony all sudden nobody has idea.. Bcos nobody knows history

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

OEM's pull out your copiers. I am hoping someone who is actually serious about progression, will use the tech for more than just signatures and password protection and similar. It could be cool to use in a game to unlock special features if your phone is equipped with such. Like a cool war game, where special access to hidden weapons or treasures could only be received if you have a phone with special tech.

9. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Iris is nice in certain situations but fingerprint will always be more convenient I believe.

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Please no. I really don't want a laser beam in my eye (even samsung warns that you're not supposed to put it close to your eyes for safety reasons). What about a return of FM radio on Android flagships?

13. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not a laser beam. It's an infrared light source, and your eyes are subjected to Infra red every time you step out in the Sun.

11. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

I will not trust my precious eyesight to some tech company.

19. Junito

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

I'm with you. In a couple years we are going to have a bunch either blind, or suffering from cataracts. They used to sing the praises of X-rays back in the day.

14. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Iris scanner, like many other features, will not be prevalent until Apple adopts it in iPhone...

15. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You misspelled "copies."

16. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You mean, untill when Apple has waited for the cost of Iris Scanners to drop lower, then adopts it in the iPhone.

17. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Lol, I actually agree with you on this one. Just like AMOLED. I bought the iPhone 7's very impressive and is the fastest phone but I wish it has AMOLED.

21. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

"You said Iris scanner like many other features" please let us know which are the other features that Apple made popular? Your statement only sounds like joke to ears.

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