Fingerprint scanners had been tested and integrated into Android devices well before Apple introduced its TouchID in 2013.
However, once Apple showcased a face scanner to unlock the 10th anniversary iPhone X, it started a trend with pretty much every other device following suit. Now, history may be ready to repeat itself once more.
FaceID is the new big thing, and you can already see a lot of Android manufacturers implementing similar technology too. According to market research firm Counterpoint Technology, over a billion smartphones in the world will have some form of facial recognition unlock. That could mean like Apple’s FaceID, or even a combination of face and iris scanning like with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
Experts believe that, whether or not Apple decides to do away with TouchID on all its devices, rivals are probably going to move over to face unlock by the end of this year anyway. That way, it’ll become an industry standard, with fingerprint scanners gradually fading out.
Counterpoint states that at least a billion smartphones will ship in 2020 with facial recognition capability, including from Chinese brands like Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Huawei. The research team also believes the higher-level kind of face unlock technology Apple employs will trickle down to more affordable smartphone ranges faster. They’ll in the next couple of years, graduate from just 2D facial recognition to 3D depth mapping, making them more accurate and safer to use.
Because of that, we’re also likely to see augmented reality applications spread, as these phones join the pack of the few capable smartphone brands right now. All in all, it looks like even conservative smartphone buyers are in for a treat in the years to come.