Face unlocking has been around for a whole now; it can be dated back to Windows Vista if you look hard enough. However, it's never quite been up to scratch until very recently, when Apple revealed their TrueDepth 3D sensor that enables the secure and streamlined FaceID facial unlocking technology. Since then, it's made something of a comeback, with the OnePlus 5T also including super fast facial recognition that makes FaceID look snail-like. Needless to say, the field is more competitive than ever, and it seems more manufacturers wish to get in on the action.
A report from Digitimes has indicated that Android OEMs such as Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi will be fitting 3D sensing technology in their lineup of flagship devices that are to be released in 2018. The report states that suppliers such as Largan Precision, Sunny Optical, Orbbec and Himax Technologies would be the major beneficiaries in this scheme to increase competition in the space. It is yet to be seen whether or not their offerings can sufficiently compete with Apple's existing FaceID technology, or if they will be little more than low-budget substitutes that fail to function aptly. Either way, we're happy to see more competition and innovation within biometric security on phones, to ensure that dominant forces such as Apple and Samsung stay on their toes; at the end of the day, we're buying the products, and more competition will lead to greater refinement and innovation.
What do you guys think? Are you excited to see 3D Sensing technology hitting the Android space soon? Let us know in the comments, or be sure to post over on out forums with your thoughts.