When Apple launched the iPhone X, it seemed that the Cupertino company was pretty sure that facial recognition is the future, so much so that they didn’t even bother including a fingerprint sensor on the handset as a backup of sorts. In fact Apple’s belief in its Face ID technology is strong that it appears to be deterring Android makers as well.
In a research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by MacRumors, Kuo seems to suggest that the number of Android smartphone makers who are inquiring into 3D-sensing technologies have at least tripled since the unveiling of Face ID, which uses a system that Apple is calling TrueDepth.
Of course whether or not Android makers will make the jump remains to be seen, although Kuo previously stated that he believes that Android makers are at least 2.5 years behind Apple with regards to the technology. Kuo also notes that as a result, Android makers are starting to move away from under-screen fingerprint systems, something that was once touted as the next big thing with companies like Qualcomm investing into the technology.
That being said, Apple’s launch of Face ID also seems to have renewed interest in startups that specialize in facial recognition. However whether or not Face ID will work as promise remains to be seen when the iPhone X launches on the 3rd of November.