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Apple grabs two-year lead in 3D sensing race

Atheer – External Sources

Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3D sensing feature behind Apple’s Face ID security. This serves as something of a handicap to Samsung and others, with the technology estimated to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years.

According to Reuters, development of new features for the estimated 1.5 billion smart phones shipped annually has been at the heart of the battle for global market share over the past decade, with Apple often leading.

Back in 2013 when the iPhone 5S was launched, featuring a fingerprint-sensing home button, it took its biggest rival Samsung until just April of the following year to deliver its own version with the Galaxy S5.

It is envisaged that the 3D sensing technology will enhance the next generation of phones, enabling accurate facial recognition as well as secure biometrics for payments, gesture sensing and immersive shopping and gaming experiences.

Tech research house Gartner predicts that by 2021, as much as forty percent of smartphones will be equipped with 3D cameras, which can also be used for so-called augmented reality, or AR, in which digital objects cling tightly to images of the real world.

“This kind of functionality is going to be very important for AR. I think that is something where you don’t want to get left behind,” said Gartner analyst Jon Erensen.

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