Following the launch of Apple’s iPhone X, Android mobile makers have reportedly been making desperate enquiries about how to bring class–leading facial recognition tech to their next–generation devices.
KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo claims that in the four weeks since the iPhone X was unveiled, there has been a threefold increase in 3D sensing facial recognition from mobile makers.
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It’s thought that a version of the tech made by chip maker Qualcomm is the one most favoured by Apple’s rivals.
While Samsung already offers face recognition on its top–end Galaxy phones, it has been widely derided as sluggish and easy to hack.
Apple’s version, by comparison, uses a TrueDepth camera to make a 3D analysis of a user’s face, allowing them to unlock their phone, pay for goods and even create personalised emoji.
The interest in 3D facial scanning also means that mobile makers are likely to scale back their interest in placing fingerprint scanners beneath the phone’s display. This was a feature that many thought would make the cut with the iPhone X. Apple, however, seems to be slowly retiring its Touch ID feature, at least from its top–end phone.
The iPhone X is due for release on 3rd November, with pre–orders available from 23rd October.