Face Unlock is still developing as a feature and has miles to go to become the perfect and most convenient unlocking method. One of the few technical drawbacks of Face Unlock was that it couldn’t store multiple faces for unlocking. Till now, smartphones were only able to process unlocking via a single face at a time. With Qualcomm’s new announcements, that might be changing soon.
Earlier today, Beebom reported that Qualcomm’s booth at MWC Shanghai 2018 had a sample of the Samsung Galaxy S9 with their latest chip installed. Reportedly, it could store multiple faces and unlock the phone through them.
Later, XDA reported that only Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chip would support processing multiple faces for face unlocking. Hence, we can probably expect that for now, the feature will be functional only on flagship phones that would carry the Snapdragon 845 chipset.
SenseTime AI used for improving Face Unlock
How did Qualcomm manage to pull off multiple face unlocking? Beebom reports that it was with the help of SenseTime, and AI startup that works on the bleeding edge of facial recognition and helps companies implement it on their devices.
It is worth noting that SenseTime is a Chinese company which is also the world’s highest-valued AI startup. According to Qualcomm, multiple face unlocking will get faster and better over time as SenseTime’s AI gets better.
Android vs iOS on Face Unlock
Apple recently announced that iOS 12 will support multiple faces for Face ID. It is hence time that Android catches up with the competition. With Multiple Face Unlock coming on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, it will probably be easy for OEM’s to implement the feature into their smartphones.
Currently, the fastest Face Unlocking experience is offered by OnePlus. Samsung, Nokia, and Huawei have also developed the feature onto their smartphones. Hence, the feature is clearly in high demand, and the progress made by Qualcomm will give a much-needed boost to Android manufacturers to compete with Apple’s Face ID.