Fingerprint Sensors Will Soon Become Obsolete In Android Devices


The concept of fingerprint sensors was widely accepted by the smartphone industry and it is popularly used for electronic payments. However, if reports are true, this innovation may soon become extinct even before it properly hits the road, at least in high-end devices. A report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Android phone makers are giving a serious attention to 3D sensing solutions for facial recognition.

Since the announcement of iPhone X, there have been intense inquiries on 3D sensing which will not just be used for security applications but will also augment reality.

Kuo said

“3D sensing not only enables facial recognition in security applications and allows users to create fun expressions like Apple’s Animoji, on a more important level, it is a key factor in the development of AR,”…”We, therefore, believe brand vendors are willing to spend more for related components.”

Samsung Electronics may just be sticking with optical fingerprint recognition because it suits OLED displays and the South Korean giant is the major manufacturer of this display. However, the story may not be the same for other manufacturers which will like to swap to the 3D sensing system to avoid component shortages.

Kuo further reports that the Galaxy Note 9 under-glass fingerprint sensor ditched the “CIS+independent light emitter” setup for a compact image sensor (CIS) design because CIS-only designs can perfectly fit a customized Samsung OLED panel.

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6 Comments

  1. mf1gt3r
    October 7, 2017

    Hmmmm.

  2. BTN
    October 8, 2017

    And there we go again…Apple defining the future!

  3. October 8, 2017

    Naahhh, finger print is still better. I don’t like the idea of faceID.

  4. cyril symbio
    October 9, 2017

    raaaaahhh nightmare

  5. cyril symbio
    October 9, 2017

    I live in a country who is asking more and more and more of facial recognition so we could be tracked anywhere at anytime… real nightmare. If 1984 was a company, I would buy shares immediately

  6. Nicolas Marshall
    October 9, 2017

    why not both ? press a button while pointing towards your face ?