Apple iPhones now may be the only devices to have Face Unlocking feature but in a year or so, a billion phones will have the same feature, according to a research of Couterpoint Research.
“The diffusion of facial recognition technology into lower tier price bands will be faster than any other flagship feature due to 2D facial recognition being native on the Android platform,” Pavel Naiya, Senior Analyst at Counterpoint Research, was quoted as saying by report of AP.
“However, according to our estimates, close to 60 per cent of all smartphones with facial recognition will use 3D technology in 2020. Data collected from multiple 3D sensors will assist emerging technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence to widen their use cases,” he added.
However, the research report added the fingerprint sensors could still be convenient and quicker to use.
“A fingerprint sensor may well be more convenient and quicker as it does not require the user to look directly at the device and could even be unlocked as it is being removed from the user’s pocket or bag,” Peter Richardson, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, said. “Face ID is well-suited for applications that require higher security, such as mobile payments, and where speed is not necessarily of essence. In such cases, consumers may be happy to wait longer, say 2-3 seconds, in return for a much higher level of security,” added Richardson.
The addition of Face Unlocking feature would certainly add additional security feature to phones.