The demand for adding fingerprint sensors to smartphones has been ever-increasing and keeping up with the trend, fingerprint scanner-capable smartphone shipments are estimated to cross a billion units in 2018. Samsung was the market leader in fingerprint-enabled smartphones – contributing 12% market share, followed by Apple and Huawei with 11% and 8% share, respectively, in the second quarter of 2017, market research firm Counterpoint Research said on Friday.
The fingerprint feature is likely to become the standard choice for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to provide authentication access, driven by
Chinese smartphone brands are already using fingerprint sensors as a differentiator especially in emerging markets — to compete with local and international handset makers.
The reliability of fingerprint sensors has been a major issue, as most of the capacitive fingerprint sensors can be easily spoofed.
However, the latest ones either have live finger detection or ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology to create a 3D image of the fingerprints which is more secure, the research firm noted.
Apart from just unlocking the phones or making payments, fingerprint sensors are adding capabilities to control the camera, gallery and other applications.a rapid rise in services like digital payments and mobile banking.