Just a few years ago, biometric authentication was something of a novelty for consumers. Now, it’s in more consumer tech products than ever, and its upwards trajectory remains solidly in place – particularly in the mobile sector.
Nevertheless, mobile biometrics tech is also at a turning point, with conventional fingerprint scanning starting to look just a little bit outdated. New technologies are emerging, and device makers are now making critical decisions about which modalities to embrace, while support for biometric authentication in general is solidifying.
The dust is far from settled, and the mobile biometrics industry could still shift in a range of directions. Here’s where things stand right now:
Biometric authentication is getting baked into mobile operating systems:
Face ID is cementing its position as Apple’s flagship security system:
Rivals are trying to beat Apple at its own game:
And Samsung wants the best of both worlds, looking to facial recognition and new in-display fingerprint scanning technology for a competitive edge: