Gartner predicts smartphone AI to replace passwords with behavioral biometrics

Aritificial Intelligence features will become a critical differentiator for smartphone vendors over the next two years, and will soon enable on-device behavioral biometrics to replace many passwords and active authentications, according to the latest report from Gartner.

The report “Market Insight: 10 Use Cases for AI-Powered Smartphones to Generate New Business Opportunities” says that 80 percent of smartphones shipped by 2022 will have on-device AI capabilities, increasing from 10 percent in 2017.

Gartner predicts usability and self-service capabilities will be improved with the combination of security technology, machine learning, biometrics, and user behavior. Smartphone AI will also leverage sensors, cameras, and data to create a “digital me” on the device, and automate tasks accordingly, for example by collaborating with connected home devices.

Emotion recognition, natural-language understanding, and AR and AI vision will be made possible or improved significantly by advances in device AI, according to the report. It will also be applied to device management, personal profiling, content censorship, photography, and audio analytics.

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