One of the most attractive features in smartphones nowadays, Fingerprint scanners, that was introduced only four years ago, will be seen in nearly all of the smartphones that will ship next year. According to research firm Counterpoint, more than one billion smartphones with a fingerprint sensor will be shipped in 2018.

The fingerprint scanner was initially popularised by Apple with the iPhone 5s model. The feature has been adopted by every smartphone manufacturer. Moving forward, it is likely to be the standard authentication choice for smartphone OEMs, Counterpoint Research projected.

The top frontrunners among smartphone manufacturers are Samsung, Apple, and Huawei in distributing handsets with a fingerprint scanner. In the second quarter of 2017, which ended in June, Samsung topped the chart among phone makers for shipping 12 percent of all smartphones with a fingerprint sensor. Apple and Huawei had 11 percent and 8 percent market share respectively.

The features like mobile payments and mobile banking have enhanced the need of fingerprint scanner. The rapid adoption of fingerprint scanner comes as customers across the globe start using these features. Fingerprint scanner has become an essential component of a smartphone today, analysts at Counterpoint said in a press statement.

But this is not the only reason for rapid adoption, there is one more reason behind it. Chinese smartphone makers are increasingly trickling down fingerprint scanners, a feature that was only available on premium smartphones only two years ago, to affordable handsets as a top-selling differentiator. The Redmi 4, which retails at around $105, for instance also comes with a fingerprint scanner.

“Reliability of the fingerprint sensor is the major issue, as most of the capacitive fingerprint sensors can be easily spoofed. However, with the latest fingerprint sensors that have live finger detection, or employ ultrasonic fingerprint sensing technology to create a 3D image of the fingerprints, it is potentially more secure and should be the next factor of differentiation for OEMs,” Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint said.

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