October 27, 2020

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Samsung launches AltzLife suite of privacy solutions for Galaxy smartphones

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Korean handset maker Samsung on Monday launched its AltzLife privacy feature, developed locally, for its smartphones.

NEW DELHI: Korean handset maker Samsung on Monday launched its AltzLife privacy feature, developed locally, for its smartphones. The feature will be initially rolled out to the existing as well as new users of Samsung Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 starting 10 August 2020, via a software upgrade.

The privacy feature will allow smartphone users to quickly change between normal and private mode (secure folder) by pressing the power button twice. On-device AI function will additionally suggest moving private content to the secure folder.

The AltzLife privacy feature comprises two solutions–Quick Switch and Content Suggestions.

The Quick Switch function helps users in switching between two instances of the same app side-by-side, one in normal mode and the other in private mode. For instance, a user will be able to switch between WhatsApp running in normal mode and WhatsApp running in private mode.

The private versions of these apps are secured by Samsung Knox in the Secure Folder of Galaxy smartphones. Further, a strict authentication system is embedded in the solution which is different from the normal unlocking of the smartphone. A user is required to authenticate while entering the private mode, however, no authentication is required while switching back to the normal mode.

Whereas the Content Suggestions solution is an AI-based app inside the Secure Folder, and its on-device AI-powered engine automatically suggests users move private images of pre-selected categories to the Secure Folder.

To start getting suggestions, a user has to select specific faces or image type(s) that they wish to tag as private and want to keep them secured in the private gallery of the Secured Folder.

Alleviating privacy concerns, Samsung added that no information or image leaves the smartphone as the solution is based on an on-device AI-engine.

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