touchid-not-workingRemember back in the day of features phones where securing a phone was basically a combination of button presses (more of an unlock protection than security feature)? Then later we got passcodes, and with Android phones, we also got other security features like a pattern unlock.

But fast forward to today and it is clear that biometric security is becoming the standard, which is why it isn’t surprising to learn that in 2017, there is a good chance that more than half of the smartphones out there will be sporting fingerprint sensors. This is according to a report from DigiTimes who cites industry observers as saying that fingerprint sensors on smartphones could see more than 50% market penetration in 2016.

This is versus the current situation which sees about 40% in 2016, which is actually a whole sight better than 2015 in which it was estimated to be around 20%. While fingerprint sensors on smartphones has been done before by Motorola several years ago, it was only when Apple introduced Touch ID on their iPhones that the technology became mainstream again.

Samsung has recently tried to introduce iris scanning technology with the Galaxy Note 7, but given that there are certain limitations to the feature, we reckon it might not necessarily be adopted as quickly, but we guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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