App code hints that Android Pay could use facial recognition for loyalty programs
Google could be looking to implement facial recognition into Android Pay, according to 9to5Google, which took a close look at the code of an new version of the app.
9to5Google conducted an “APK teardown” of Version 1.22 of Android Pay, and it found a feature called Visual ID, described as “a secure way to confirm your identity at participating stores, making it easier to do things like earn loyalty points and redeem rewards.” The site notes that these sorts of teardowns don’t necessarily mean that Google will actually deploy this feature.
AndroidPolice conducted its own examination of the code, and noted that when a person’s identity is confirmed by Visual ID, the loyalty perks are automatically applied to the purchase. The system…