A new report published today says that the first Android handset with 3D facial recognition technology won’t appear until the third quarter of 2018. That isn’t necessarily that far away considering that Q3 begins in July. There is an issue with 3D sensing vendors that is holding back Android manufacturers from including a 3D facial mapping system on their phones, similar to the process used by the TrueDepth Camera on the Apple iPhone X. With 3D mapping, Apple iPhone X users can grow a beard, wear a hat or sunglasses, grow out their hair, and the phone will still recognize them.
The report …