Facial recognition of smartphones is not new to the market. The technology came a long time ago by Google in the Android system, but later withdrawn by the lack of security.
However, the appearance of facial recognition on the iPhone X has made fashion come back. However, with a big difference.
The iPhone X (or higher) uses infrared to map the user’s head in 3D. This means that it may take a little longer to unlock, however, it is safe enough to store payment information through this unlock way.
Facial recognition of Android smartphones tested is not one of the safest there is at the moment
The same can not be said of most Android smartphones. Apart from the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, all other smartphones use a facial unlocking through the front camera. That is, there is no way to measure depth and can eventually be more easily misled.
Even so, the latest software updates show that manufacturers can improve the unlocking format.
So, in order to test the theory the Forbes newspaper decided to do an experiment and print a user-based 3D head of the equipment. The 3D head was not simple to do nor cheap. That is, it is not something that you should worry about if you lose the smartphone. I believe this experience was more for testing the limits of sensor quality.
The smartphones tested were the LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung Galaxy S9, Note 8, OnePlus 6 and iPhone X. So it goes without saying that the iPhone X was the only one to pass the test rigorously. Still, it is to save the quality of the sensors in distinguishing the head of a human and one printed in 3D.
In short, I would like to see other Android smartphones with a technology identical to that of Apple competing. I would really like to know if these new devices can or will not be as safe as an iPhone X.