Billion Smartphones Will Feature Facial Recognition by 2020
How do you unlock your smartphone? Do you have a model where you draw a random pattern? Are you still entering a secret code? Perhaps you have a newer model smartphone with a fingerprint sensor? Many banks also use biometrics to authenticate your identity. We have our lives stored on our phones. These days everything is linked and mobile. Once someone has your phone, they have access to your life.
Often we let Windows or our operating systems remember our passwords. Imagine someone opening up your internet connection and accessing your online banking page. Yes, there is a password but if you’re like most people you probably keep it in your list of saved passwords that gets automatically stored on your phone. How secure is your device? What would happen if it fell into the wrong hands?
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With a fingerprint sensor or using facial recognition, your device would be much more secure. It is a lot harder than cracking a four-digit code, or pattern. “Password protected” used to be the general standard for accessing or logging on to websites. These days there are more steps to take to authenticate each user. Often you may have to prove you are a human! You know the drill – how many road signs, buses or shop front windows are in the pictures?
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Or sites that send you unique codes when you change or forget passwords update your email address or do just about anything. Security features are always included in online communication and accessing information, especially when it relates to personal information, banking information or commercial transactions. Securing your smartphone and devices using the best available technology is the smartest choice you can make.
Apple and Samsung are leading the way in smartphone security and locking solutions. A market research company has announced that over a billion smartphones will use a form of facial unlocking ID by 2020.
Counterpoint analyst Pavel Naiya notes that the transition to facial recognition technology in lower tiered brands will be faster than any other flagship feature to date due to 2D facial recognition being native on the Android platform.
Pavel adds that the majority of smartphones will use 3D technology by 2020, using multiple 3D sensors to collect data. Emerging technologies like Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence will also widen their uses.
Counterpoint researchers also noted that people favor convenience over security. What does this mean? Well, for example, it may be inconvenient to unlock your screen when you are driving, or on a busy street by having to look at your screen. Realistically fingerprint sensors may still be efficient unlocking solutions and more user-friendly than using increased biometric security solutions.
Face ID could be used for transactions that require higher levels of security where a small time delay is not a problem. Many companies have been looking at ways to increase safety and authentication of users. With bigger screens and advances being made in tech all the time, facial recognition will be a standard feature by 2020. The fingerprint sensor is not going out the window though. In 2018 there will also be over a billion smartphones, using fingerprint security sensors, shipped to consumers worldwide.
How secure is your device? Who has access and do you save your passwords? In our daily life remembering passwords can be a challenge if you’re online and use a lot of sites. Facial recognition software and fingerprint sensors add extra levels of security to your device and offer a secure way to authenticate your identity that is immediate. If you’re still keying in a four-digit code, or using a ‘*’ and unlock button, it’s time to upgrade to a newer model with more updated security features.