Samsung Galaxy S5 may include a fingerprint-scanning home button

By on February 18, 2014, 9:00 AM
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A new report has landed just a week away from the expected unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5, detailing a few new features that we might see in the flagship Android smartphone. SamMobile has allegedly confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will integrate a swipe-style fingerprint scanner into the physical home button, providing a new method of securing the device.

This won't be the first time a smartphone has included a fingerprint scanner, with early Android devices such as the Motorola Atrix 4G integrating one into the power button. More recently, the fingerprint scanner has been revitalized thanks to the inclusion of one in the iPhone 5S, although Apple's implementation will be slightly different to Samsung's.

According to the report, to use the Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner you'll have to swipe your entire finger pad across the home button, keeping it flat and swiping at a moderate pace. The iPhone 5S' fingerprint scanner is static, so no swiping is necessary, and judging by these rumors it will be easier to operate than the Galaxy S5's.

However, Samsung has reportedly packed more fingerprint-related features into the Galaxy S5. You'll be able to store up to eight fingerprints, and assign certain prints to certain tasks: think launching applications or viewing contacts. A Personal Folder and Private Mode will be included as well, allowing users to hide apps and files behind a fingerprint-protected screen.

We won't have to wait long to see if this rumor is indeed correct, with Samsung's 'Unpacked 5' press event scheduled for the evening of February 24 in Barcelona, where Mobile World Congress 2014 is being held.




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Guest said:

Well looks like fingerprint scanning is definitely going mainstream. I bet the NSA is having a party.

1 person liked this | rub900 said:

Suck it Apple

richalone442 said:

Where ever Apple goes, Samsung will follow, Apple innovates, the rest duplicate

Guest said:

Android fans when Apple releases fingerprint scanning:

"this is stupid, this is horrible, seriously retarded"

Android fans when Android adopts fingerprint scanning:

"this is awesome, it's the greatest, way to go Android"

Didn't they do the same thing with 64bit?

:)

Gaara Gaara said:

Where ever Apple goes, Samsung will follow, Apple innovates, the rest duplicate

if you are talking about the ( fingerprint ) apple copy it from the Motorola Atrix 4G integrating one into the power button. . so if I was you careful what you type.

Guest said:

The NSA doesn't need my fingerprints. I guess I'll be sticking with my Nexus 5 for a good while.

Camikazi said:

Where ever Apple goes, Samsung will follow, Apple innovates, the rest duplicate

You really should check around before you talk maybe you won't be so wrong next time.

Guest said:

Woohoo! Another example of Samsung's innovation of Apple's ideas!

Guest said:

That's right, Motorola's fingerprint scanner predates Apple's. Additionally, at CES 2013 (before iPhone 5S was announced), a company named Validity Sensors was able to integrate a fingerprint scanner right beneath the touchscreen of a Samsung phone.

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