If you were curious why none of the Android manufacturers who adopted the same design as the iPhone X failed to implement a feature similar to Face ID, we have an answer now. The reason is the lack of some materials and components that are required for the development of such as 3D scanning system and, at least until next year, we’re not going to see such technologies implemented on a large scale on Android devices.
According to Reuters, the three companies responsible to develop this type of 3D cameras, Viavi Solutions, AMs AG and Finisar Corp, do not have the materials required and the key components that are used for assembly. Out of the three, Finisar is one of Apple’s partners for the development of Face ID for the iPhone X.
It seems that the supply problems will be solved by the end of this year as Viavi reps said that they expect at least one other manufacturer to adopt this technology in 2018 ( we speculate that this manufacturer is Huawei, because Huawei is the only company to publicly talk about this ), with two or three important Android devices scheduled to be launched in 2019. Considering the market rumors, Samsung might also be one of the companies to use this technology next year.
Gartner’s projections say that by 2021, 40% of all smartphones will be equipped with a 3D camera and it may be used especially for augmented reality apps. The AR solutions market is constantly growing so it won’t be out of the ordinary to see an 3D Face ID cameras being adopted faster in the next few years to satisfy demands of users for quality AR experiences.