Fingerprint scanners to become even more ubiquitous on smartphones in 2017

Fingerprint scanners to become even more ubiquitous on smartphones in 2017
Fingerprint-recognition sensors are set to increase their smartphone market penetration to above 50% in 2017, up from 40% in 2016, claims a report by Taiwanese publication DigiTimes.

According to industry observers, the demand for fingerprint scanners in smartphones has been growing steadily since 2015 when the market penetration of said sensors was only 20%. No wonder, considering the number of budget phones that pack fingerprint readers these days, and we wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they become the norm for every phone – cheap and expensive – over the course of the next year.

According to the observers, China- and Taiwan-based sensor manufacturers are gaining in on the international competition, but will have plenty to prove in their home markets, with smartphone demand in China projected to reach almost 500 million units in 2016.

Shipments of fingerprint reading sensors from China and Taiwan could grow more than 100% year over year in 2017, the observers claim. Just to put things into perspective, the current manufacturing price of said sensors has hit a record low $3 per unit in the second half of 2016. Just imagine how much cheaper it's going to get from here on out.

That's the way the implementation of new technologies has always been – the more widely used a new tech is, the cheaper it is to manufacture, and it becomes even more widely used.

source: DigiTimes



1. Unordinary unregistered

Hopefully Samsung will push the next gen fingerprint tech for wet fingers/grimey hands, so others will follow/make better.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 736; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Such a thing already exists with Qualcomm Sense ID.

4. Unordinary unregistered

Is it available to the masses?

8. Epicness1o1

Posts: 309; Member since: May 30, 2013

I hope next year them implement them into screens,so we dont need to have a dedicated button to do it

9. Unordinary unregistered

Would be nice. Im happy Apple implemented it into the home button.

2. torr310

Posts: 1691; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I love the fingerprint scanners on my phones! I use them to unlock the phone and log in to some apps everyday. Quite handy and useful!

7. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

Yeah but when we technology allow us to simply press anywhere on the screen and have it scan. That way you can eliminate the actual button.

11. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Still seems as a terrible way to secure your device. If anyone steals your phone from your pocket/purse they have everything they need to unlock it on the phone itself. Unless you clean your screen like a maniac fingerprint scanner looks pointless.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

By the time someone can go through the trouble of actually finding a decent print on your phone and recreating it to actually unlock it, you would have remote whipped it. It just takes way to much time to go through the process. Sure you may have lost your phone, but your sensitive info is protected. When you buy a new phone, just restore your latest backup from the cloud and boom!

13. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

The thief could just remove the SIM card and have all the time in the world to find good print. Remote wipe requires active internet connection. Without WiFi and SIM it is impossible to do. When he/she finally unlocks it, it's just a matter of plugging it to a PC and copy-pasting what he/she needs.

14. Turbonezze

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 18, 2016

I don't know how all sensors work but the one fingerprint card manufacturers won't even work with finger cut away from the hand. So I don't think it's easy to fool.

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