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Biometric Research - Over 990 million mobile devices to have fingerprint sensors by 2017

Latest report from Goode Intelligence shows that as mobile device manufacturers move away from solely embedding fingerprint sensors in their flagship devices, to less expensive models, numbers of mobile devices with fingerprint sensors will rise to over 990 million by 2017.

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London, United Kingdom - December 3, 2013 ( newswire) Goode Intelligence has revealed that by 2017 there will over 990 million mobile devices (smart phones, phablets and tablets) with fingerprint sensors. This number is set to increase further by the following year when there will be well over one billion mobile devices – making fingerprint sensors a common feature in mobile devices.

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According to the latest report from Goode Intelligence, Mobile Biometric Security – Market Forecast Report 2013 - 2018, mobile manufacturers will start by embedding fingerprint sensors in their flagship smart phones, phablets and tablets. However from 2015 onwards this will spread into other cheaper mobile devices to become a common way of authenticating and interacting on a mobile device.

Alan Goode, author of the report and founder of Goode Intelligence said, "We shall also see an evolution in fingerprint sensors, excluding Apple’s Touch ID, with Android devices, such as the HTC One max, initially supporting swipe sensor technology. Throughout 2014 we’ll see touch sensors from manufacturers such as Idex, Fingerprint Cards and Validity Sensors (part of Synaptics) embedded in Android, Windows Phone and potentially BlackBerry devices. The next evolution will see ‘buttonless’ sensors being integrated into the touchscreen itself to make the experience even more frictionless and convenient.

"It is key that mobile manufacturers leverage the benefits of fingerprint sensors and associate key services to the sensor – not just for unlocking the device but to approve payments and as part of multi-factor authentication (MFA) services that will, thanks to initiatives such as the FIDO Alliance, help to bring strong, convenient, multi-factor authentication to the masses. The industry will greatly benefit from allowing third-party access to the fingerprint sensor so app developers and service providers can leverage the benefits that this sensor can provide."

Beyond fingerprint sensors

The consumerisation of biometrics is making mobile device protection more convenient and other biometric modalities will be as important as fingerprint sensors. Alan Goode said "Most of the major authentication vendors support, or have plans to support, biometrics in their authentication products. This includes voice recognition, facial recognition, eye and behavioural modalities."

Goode Intelligence further predicts that by 2018, 3.4 billion users will be using biometrics on their mobile devices, generating almost US$8.3 billion worth of revenue for the biometrics industry.

Further information about the Mobile Biometric Security Market Forecasts can be found at

About Goode Intelligence

Goode Intelligence is the leading research, analysis and consultancy organisation for the mobile security industry; providing services to global technology and telecommunications organisations. For more information about Goode Intelligence please visit

For further information contact:

Michelle Welch, Goode Intelligence
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