Touch ID has been pretty much a security staple for the iPhone ever since Apple introduced it to the iPhone 5s. However recent rumors have suggested that Apple could be turning to something else, and that is facial recognition which is a rumored feature that could debut with the iPhone 8.

Now facial recognition systems aren’t new and we have seen some Android OEMs try to implement it in the past, although the fact that many seem to be easily tricked by photographs hasn’t really inspired much confidence, but in a report from CNET, Qualcomm believes that come 2018, many Android phones should sport similar facial recognition capabilities as the iPhone 8.

At the moment Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets already offer some form of image signal processors and depth-sensing, but the company states that the next generation of Snapdragon chipsets will have those features overhauled to do more, in which they can be used for features like object reconstruction, mapping, and of course facial recognition on a more sophisticated level.

However the question is whether or not OEMs will be implementing the feature, but we guess that will also depend on Apple launching the feature and how successful or useful it will be. 3D Touch was also a rumored feature that many Android OEMs would adopt, but given that 3D Touch hasn’t exactly proven to be useful, there aren’t many Android handsets out there with pressure-sensitive displays at the moment.

In the meantime you can check out Qualcomm’s depth sensing technology in the video above.

Filed in Cellphones >General. Read more about Android, iphone 8, Qualcomm and Security.

Apple iPhone 8
Display
4.7"
1334x750 IPS LCD
Price (approximative)
~$785 - Amazon
Camera
12 MP
F1.8 Aperture Size
Image Stabilization
Weight
148 g
Battery
1821 mAh
Removable Battery
Launched in
2017/09/01
System
2GB RAM
A11 Bionic + None
Storage (GB)
256
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