The rest of the mobile industry isn’t prepared to rival Apple’s facial recognition. Its technology that uses a camera and various sensors to accurately analyze an individual’s face is years ahead of what anyone else has, according to three major suppliers.
Apple scooped up much of what’s necessary for a successful system, and hardware manufacturers on the Android side have since been scrambling for quick replacements.
With the iPhone X, the company introduced the TrueDepth system. The camera sees an individual’s face but relies on lasers and other sensors to track structure and movement. Most know the TrueDepth system for features like Face ID and Animoji, but developers are starting to take advantage of the technology as well. And it’s a technology of the future that competitors want to implement themselves.
The catch, however, is that it’s not so easy to replicate what Apple has. Suppliers believe mass adoption of “3D cameras” won’t happen until sometime in 2019. Android brands are finding it difficult to get their hands on specific lasers that the iPhone X ships with.
While we’re bound to see more phones this year with facial recognition pushed as a key feature, just remember it’s not the same complex setup found on the latest iPhone. Many of Apple’s competitors are using just a single camera.