According to Digitimes Chinese smartphone makers have seen a drastically increased adoption of fingerprint recognition. The reason is less for the security benefits, but more that people are expect to see mobile payment services based around fingerprint technology.
Apple Pay which entered the China market on February 18, 2016 through cooperation with 19 local banks, while this is not likely to be a key player in China in the long term, it has spurred the development of similar local systems which are based on a similar concept.
In 2015, only several China-based smartphone vendors, including Huawei, LeTV, Meizu and ZTE, adopted fingerprint recognition for a few models to test the market response, with total shipments estimated at 80 million units, the sources said.
The technology currently comes from the Swedish Fingerprint Cards and the sensors are being made in Taiwan-based IC design houses which saw a large demand in China.The plan is to increase shipments in the first quarter of 2016 and increase them still further in the second half.
The advantage of this sort of mass production is that prices for fingerprint-recognizing sensors may fall 25 per cent in the second half of 2016.