Android Gets New Anti-Spoofing Feature to Make Biometric Authentication Secure

Google recently announced that it will add a brand-new anti-spoofing feature to its Android operating system that will increase the security of the biometric authentication system.

Fingerprint, face or IRIS technology are a part of the system of biometric authentication. These features simplify the process of unlocking a device and several applications. Not only are they quick, but they ensure security as well. biometric systems certainly aren’t infallible. There have been several instances in the past wherein the biometric scanners fell victim to spoofing attacks. In fact, it is quite easy to fool these security systems.
So, Google’s announcement of an anti-spoofing feature will improve the security of these biometric features that are available on Android. Also, this enhanced feature will enable the Android app developers to seamlessly integrate this new safety feature into the apps while ensuring that the user’s data stays safe.

At present, the authentication system on Android uses two different metrics and they are FAR (False Reject Rate) and FAR (False Accept Rate), along with different techniques of machine learning to gauge the accuracy as well as the precision of the input fed by the user.

There are certain times when the biometric model might falsely classify an incorrect input as the intentional target of the user, and this is determined by the FAR. On the other hand, FRR denotes the number of times the biometric model has falsely classified the user’s input as being incorrect even though it was correct.

For the sake of convenience, there are certain biometric scanners that allow authentication of users with a rather high rate of false-acceptances and this leaves the device vulnerable to spoofing attacks. To fix this issue, apart from the usual metrics of FAR and FRR, Google has introduced SAR (Spoof Accept Rate) and IAR (Impostor Accept Rate) too strengthen the biometric authentication system.

All these metrics help measure the ease with which an attacker can bypass the system of biometric authentication.

According to the biometric input of the user, the values of the SAR/IAR metric can be defined as strong (values equal to or less than 7) or a weak biometric (value is higher than 7). If these values can be categorized as a weak biometric while the user unlocks the device or an app, then Android Pie will apply an alternate authentication system. The device may prompt the user to re-enters the PIN, pattern, password, or even try the biometric again. This new mechanism will certainly improve the security of the user’s data.

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Importance of Mobile apps from Business Perspective

Apps are now an indispensable part of everyday life and make for an important part of routine business activities.

It is important for a company to incorporate the latest technology and use it to their advantage. As you know, apps are not only easy to use but also extremely efficient in terms of their impact.

You can make use of apps to increase your company’s potential and arrive at higher profits. Here is looking at specific reasons, from a business perspective that makes mobile apps an important part of day-to-day business.

Cost Saving 

It is extremely important to be as cost-cutting as possible, especially in this day and age where everything remains quite expensive. By making use of specific apps that are designed to help in carrying out business in the desired manner, a company can effectively cut down on several types of costs including maintenance, production, and miscellaneous. The money that is saved can be put to better use for the company’s development.


Mobile apps can help a company go from being mediocre to great in no time at all. Apps are developed for the sole purpose of making things easier. Say for example an engineer uses an app to make complex calculations within a short period of time, which manually would take a long time. Not only will the company benefit from it but also the engineer as he will have more scope to grow than to get stuck in any one place.

As you can see, mobile app development remains a booming business with app developers roaring to come up with different apps meant to serve different types of businesses.

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New Technologies in Mobile Application Development

Mobile apps are now a part and parcel of everyday life and almost everybody uses one app or another. Most of these apps are built based on the current trend and people’s changing choices & ideas. And just like choices, technology changes considerably, making it important for developers to remain in touch with the latest advancements in the mobile application world.

Here is looking at some of the newest technology doing the rounds in the mobile app market.


Cloud Technology 

Cloud computing is one of the most used technologies these days and for good reason. With cloud technology, the developer can create apps that can be used on several different devices that are all connected to each other. This allows the user more flexibility in terms of using the app and avail full benefit. So, if you are working on an app, it is best to make use of cloud computing for the same.


Technology is now extremely versatile and people prefer to keep it as close to them as possible. This includes wearing the technology like a watch that is connected to the cellphone. Such flexibility provided to the user is sure to catapult the number of downloads your app experiences. For example, WhatsApp provides people the chance to check their messages on their wearable phones.

Hybrids Apps

Hybrid technology is now making a splash in the world of app development. Working across multiple languages and platforms allows the developer the chance to come up with apps that can be used on different devices. Having versatile knowledge on all the different technologies can help you come up with apps that can be used by a variety of people and businesses.

These make for some of the latest technologies to pursue when developing apps for phones.

Frugalnova has always believed in evolving with the changing technology and learning the new trends to keep ourselves ahead in the mobile & web app development world. Our professional application developers always strives to provide the best results in the mobile application development.

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5 Tips For Hiring And Working With A Custom Mobile App Developer

5 Tips For Hiring And Working With A Custom Mobile App Developer

More and more companies are now looking to hire mobile app developers, who are mostly hired for customized mobile application development. Here are a few tips to bear in mind before hiring customized mobile app developers for your company/business.

  1. Interest of the candidates towards the Job

First and foremost, ensure that you hire those who are interested in your company as a whole and not the project alone. They should have relevant experience and be in a position to suggest any changes that can make your app better. They would have worked with other companies with similar requirements and be able to provide useful tips.

  1. Test major Skill sets of the Developer

It will be important to check their skill set. The person should be good at UI/UX. Look at their history and the type of apps that they have created in the past. The user interface should be designed keeping in mind the final user. It should be both convenient to use and great to look at.

  1. Pricing – Think proficiently before deciding a budget based on task 

There is widespread misconception that higher the price, better the product. But this is not true, as a person charging higher fees might not provide a good product. You must set a specific budget before hiring the person. Check their past experience to ensure they are charging you the right price.

  1. Testimonials and recommendations

You can look for testimonials provided by other companies. Ask for client details so that you can look up the testimonials.  You can contact your friends for suggestions of developers that they have used in the past.

  1. Long term relationship

Look for developers that can build a long-term relationship with your company. Once you hire someone, it will be best to approach them again, as they will be aware of your needs. They will be able to devise better apps based on their experience.

These form some of the criteria to consider while choosing a mobile app developer.

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