Biometric smartphones to become mainstream in 2014, Ericsson says

Biometric smartphones to become mainstream in 2014, Ericsson says

Summary: Following the release of the fingerprint sensor-enabled iPhone 5s, more smartphone makers could soon jump on the bandwagon, if Ericsson's predictions prove true.

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By the end of 2014, a wealth of new smartphones could come with biometric technology, such as fingerprint recognition hardware.

In September, Apple released the iPhone 5s, which included a fingerprint reader, in the hope of bolstering security and improving usability.

And other mobile makers, keen to jump on the biometric bandwagon, could soon embed the technology in their own devices.

According to new research by mobile network maker Ericsson, which polled 100,000 people over 40 countries, about 74 percent of respondents said they believe biometric smartphones "will become mainstream" during 2014. 

More than half at 52 percent want to use their fingerprints instead of a complex alphanumeric combination of letters, numbers, and characters, while just shy of half at 48 percent are interested in eye-recognition technology to unlock their phones.

While Apple currently holds the fingerprint-unlocking smartphone monopoly, mobile makers are expected in the coming year to include increasingly seamless ways of unlocking devices and securing data — particularly as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend continues to grow even further.

Other tidbits from the research:

  • Health-related technologies will continue to take off in 2014. A total of 40 percent want their phones to record all their physical activities, while 56 percent would prefer a "ring-like" monitor to keep tabs on blood pressure and their pulse.

  • Internet is "expected everywhere," including subways where many found their Internet access would cut out. The research showed that the signal bars "no longer provide reliable guidance," as a voice call may not be good enough for Internet service.

  • Where's my data going? Just less than half of all consumers use apps to monitor their data consumption. While one-in-four wanted to know how much data they use, exactly one-third wanted to make sure they were billed correctly. 

Topics: Security, Smartphones

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  • Apple was by No Means the First ....

    Most people forget the Motorola Atrix had a finger print reader for accessing the phone long before any iPhone. Yeah, might have been a bit rudimentary as compared to what Apple refined and put on the iPhone. Point is that Apple is in no way the originator of all smartphone features.
    • No, but Apple, as usual,

      was the first to make one that didn't suck.
      • No, but Apple, as usual,

        was the first to copy and refine the work of someone else, have fanboys believe they came up with the idea, and have it improved on by someone else because theirs sucks.

        And after all that, they still weren't first to have incorporated the technology.
        • Whatever

          Inventions and innovations are made by people standing on the shoulders of giants.
          No one can claim to be the first because finger print technology and smartphones have no real defining first product. The Atrix as a smartphone and a finger scanner sucked. No doubt the looming soon to be released handsets with finger scanners will also suck like putting the scanners on the back....real useful.
          Apple don't necessarily copy (as that is done by every company in every industry) but mostly look at what technology can work seem least and look at what customers will most likely want and try their best to marry the two together. They leave a lot of things by the wayside if they are considered fringe needs like a stylus, curved screen, radio/TV an tenses and so on.
          It is what they include, what they preclude and how they implement technology that at the moment makes them both the darling and leora of the industry.
          • Seem less

            That is seemlessly and ...

            No edit....zdnet comments....baahhhh
      • Apple bought the tech

        Hardly a commendable achievement for Apple.
    • But was the first to make it work

      The magic of Apple is to take technology with promise that no one had gotten to work right then recreated it into a good working product.

      - All in one computer.
      - MP3 players.
      - Smart phones
      - Pads

      If not for Apple Bio-metric smart phones would not even be on the map. But because Apple did it right all others will be forced to copy as usual.