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Most Android phones will have to wait until 2019 to duplicate the 3-D sensing feature behind Apple's Face ID security, three major parts producers have told Reuters, handicapping Samsung and others on a technology that is set to be worth billions in revenue over the next few years. The development of new features for the estimated 1.5 billion smartphones shipped annually has been at the heart of the battle for global market share over the past decade, with Apple, bolstered by its huge R&D budget, often leading.That means that China's Huawei, Xiaomi and others could be almost two years behind Apple, which launched Face ID with its iPhone X anniversary phone last September.Ong declined to name the company that might launch an Android phone with 3-D face recognition this year but said that Viavi was in talks with all the major smartphone makers to supply the filters.Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi all declined to comment on the report, as did Samsung, whose current phones use a standard camera for facial recognition.All of that, however, still leaves the major Android producers searching for their own supplies of VCSELs.
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