Google’s teams are reportedly working on perfecting facial recognition to make it as reliable as possible and to integrate support for secure 3D facial recognition into Android Q, the next version of the firm’s mobile operating system, according to the XDA Developers website. The aim is to offer a credible alternative to Apple’s Face ID, featured in the latest iPhone handsets.
Facial recognition could get much more advanced with Android Q. Apple’s Face ID uses a 3D technology analysing up to 30,000 points on the face, making it almost infallible, unlike what’s currently on offer in Android. At the moment, if a manufacturer wants to offer a function of equivalent performance, they must ensure hardware development (adding sensors) as well as software development (custom interface). Now, the aim for Google is to offer native, ready-to-use support for secure 3D facial recognition in Android Q, for unlocking smartphones as well as making secure online payments.