When Apple announced the iPhone X, the company decided to ditch the usual TouchID fingerprint scanner and instead invest most of their time developing the facial recognition system, or FaceID for the flagship smartphone. However, Facial recognition has been around for quite some time now. For example, the Samsung Galaxy S8, which came before the iPhone X, is equipped with the feature. The main difference is that Apple’s tech is more secure than Samsung’s, especially since you can trick the Galaxy s8 with a hi-res photo. However, recent reports claim that Samsung will develop improved iris scanning and facial recognition for the upcoming Galaxy S9.
According to reports from Korean website ETNews, Samsung will aim to “increase iris recognition and face recognition speed while maintaining the same basic parts specification and structure as the previous one.” The technology might also have some extra add-ons in the software application, according to a quote from an industry observer in ETNews’ article.
The iPhone X has a more secure facial recognition system than the Galaxy S8 because it is using 3D imagery, compared to Samsung’s 2D system. You can trick a 2D sensor with a photo but not with the 3D version, since the photo isn’t in three dimensions. Despite that, it seems like Samsung only will make their technology faster and add some extra features, but not more secure.
It would probably be better if Samsung invested in making their tech more secure because that’s what matters most to many people. What do you think about this, should they make it faster, more secure – or maybe even both?