In search of the ideal security
In recent years, we have had great solutions when it comes to biometric security. In the past, we had to use simpler technologies, which, however, effectively protected unwanted access to our device. PIN codes, passwords or the most popular symbols have been replaced by various scanners or systems. Yes, they are still found, primarily as a complementary form in the event of a potential reader failure, but their time has already gone forever.
The great revolution began with the iPhone 5s and its Touch ID. The fingerprint scanner worked great and it must be admitted that it showed that biometric security can be effective and very comfortable in everyday use. Soon after, Samsung tried to match them with the Galaxy S5 reader, but they actually needed an additional year.
Now, in turn, fingerprint scanners dominate in the Android world, while Apple has gone to Face ID with face recognition. I must admit that some companies have decided that something like Face ID must also appear with them. Unfortunately, most of the things went easy and instead of advanced solutions we received simple technologies that are based on photos from the front camera. The progress with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with this option is not particularly noticeable, although the cameras themselves allow much more here. It is not without reason that Google has abandoned it in the past. Now they are back in Google Pixel 4, in which it is based on Project Salt.
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Everything indicates that the face recognition system will come to Samsung Galaxy S11. I have to admit that this is a big surprise, but on the other hand producers have to focus on what is fashionable. In this case, biometric security will use a ToF sensor and promises to be an interesting option.
Comfort, safety, cheapness
I myself am a supporter of fingerprint scanners. Of course, Face ID works great, but in many situations a reader turns out to be more convenient, e.g. when the phone is on the desk, and we want to unlock it without having to lift it. The most flexible option is of course having both solutions in one phone, but it rarely pays for producers.
It is interesting which way the companies will go. They definitely want the cheapest technology possible and according to this idea, it's hard to believe that many phones will receive both an advanced face recognition system and a decent fingerprint scanner. I think the future belongs to ultrasonic fingerprint readers. Still, I have limited confidence in scanning my face, although all in all these days it's difficult to count on special privacy.
Which biometric protection do you prefer?
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