Longtime followers of Android will recognize the name of Biowallet. One of the finalists from the first Android Developers Challenge back in 2008, the app was designed as a “safe wallet” that housed your private information such as passwords, notes, accounts, documents, etc. The protection came by way of iris or handwritten signature authentication. Even the phone itself could be locked by these means. Unfortunately, over a year and a half had come and gone without seeing the actual app arrive. Somehow a beta version slid in under our noses last month.
Biowallet Signature is available now via the Android Market or from Mobbeel directly. As of right now, the current version only features the handwritten signature-based authentication. It’s highly possible that the reason we’ve yet to see iris scanning is because handsets just don’t have the camera capability. Perhaps as things improve with the camera technology and front-facing cameras become the norm we will see this type of security become the norm.
Mobbeel is actively seeking participation from the Android community at large. That’s where you come in! A dedicated “communication channel” was specifically set up so that they can get your feedback. Head to http://biowalletsign.userecho.com/ to browse other user’s suggestions, comments, vote them or post your thoughts and suggestions. You can also email them at [email protected] or follow them on twitter.