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Fingerprint scanner could show up on Android phones within 6 months says alliance

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Fingerprint scanner could show up on Android phones within 6 months says alliance
A fingerprint scanner was tried once on an Android phone as the Motorola ATRIX 4G sported the feature. But it didn't go over too well with ATRIX users, requiring the user to swipe his finger across a sensor. With Apple's Touch ID sensor, the user merely presses the home button. The good news for Android users is that a Touch ID alternative for the platform could be on Android models within the next 6 months.

The CFO of the non-profit FIDO Alliance (Fast IDentity Online), Michael Barrett, said in a published report on Wednesday that fingerprint scanners expected to soon be on Android models, would be based on an open source system rather than the locked down Touch ID that Apple is using on the Apple iPhone 5s.

"We didn't create the current authentication mess overnight, so it's going to take us a while to fix it. We need to educate the marketplace that it is possible to make things more secure for business and easier for consumers, while still ensuring that legitimate privacy concerns are respected."-Phil Dunkelberger, CEO, Nok Nok Labs

The FIDO Alliance is made up of 48 tech companies including Lenovo, LG and BlackBerry. As of this moment, Touch ID is not compliant with FIDO. Barrett says that Apple could eventually meet FIDO's requisites. "Our view is that it's possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that's probably a couple of years out," the executive says.

The FIDO Alliance just formed earlier this year, in February, and has grown rapidly. The first Android devices with FIDO backed fingerprint sensors will launch early in 2014, according to Barrett.

The FIDO Alliance is developing open source specifications for fingerprint scanners

The FIDO Alliance is developing open source specifications for fingerprint scanners


source: USAToday via SlashGear

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posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:43 9

1. GoBears (Posts: 333; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


No thank you. Leave it off and decrease the prices please.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:51 6

2. Shatter (Posts: 1957; Member since: 29 May 2013)


"Could show up" Its already been on several phones that are way old than even the iphone 5.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 19:56 5

3. ZeroCide (Posts: 683; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


This is a clear cut case of, Monkey see! monkey do! I remember when laptops came with a fingerprint scanner. That didn't work out to well. They stopped puting them on, and these are laptops that have way more information than phones. It didn't work out on laptop i don't see it working out on phones either.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 20:27

6. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


People are using their phones more than computers these days man. Finding a lost phone will be more pratical for the finder than finding a lost laptop.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 22:00 5

11. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 415; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


how is a fingerprint scanner better than pattern unlock? I bet can unlock my phone faster than a fingerprint scanner and it's just as secure.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 20:14 6

4. Jason2k13 (Posts: 626; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Alot of people I know who owns the 5S don't use the finger print scanner, by adding this feature we will have to pay extra so I say NO to finger print scanners.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 20:22 1

5. Yes-Sir (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


A good quality sensors and scanners are expensive just like SSD drives! So blame is on OEMS.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 20:53 1

7. alpinejason (Posts: 260; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


As I must admit I have been one of those people who have not used passwords in the past I got to say that the print scanner on my 5s works flawlessly

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 21:41

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1391; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


No more pasword type in, if it's android nomore drawing paterns (kindergarten), the iphone 5S just made everything easier

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 21:46 3

10. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


kindergarten... really? you know you would have been all over that shiz if it was on the iPhone 5s

anyways its not like you could say Apple did it first lol :P

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 06:43

22. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


I see many people using the pattern unlock using jailbreak on iPhones all the time.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 21:42 2

9. lilg29 (Posts: 81; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


HTC One Max?

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 23:47 2

12. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


i knew that the atrix had a fingerpint scanner a while back and couldnt believe why these ifans where bragging about being the first...and that samsung will be copying...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 00:32

13. taojj (Posts: 33; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


Copying has become Innovation these days.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:46

21. roscuthiii (Posts: 1785; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Get over it, copying has been innovation since a hominid picked up a pointy stick right after another one picked up a pointy stick.

Followed by the incremental updates of attaching a rock at the end of the stick.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 00:53 1

14. lallolu (Posts: 226; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


My Fujitsu F-02E has a seamless fingerprint scanner and a couple of other fujitsu phones have this.
So the title is wrong, fingerprint scanner is not comingtot android phones, it is more like "more android phone makers are going to adopt it"

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 01:03

15. chemhaz (Posts: 159; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Would be nice if they can get an app/OS feature to use your camera to do the same task.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 02:41

16. Quezdagreat (Posts: 411; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


like I said in previous articles the galaxy s5 will have fingerprint scanner

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 03:36 2

17. vikingsfootball09 (Posts: 41; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


since the atrix had the fingerprint scanner first, why isnt there an article about apple copying motorolla? and when apple adopts the fingerprint scanner. then all of a sudden who ever adopts fingerprint scanner after that is called copying apple? ifans will say. well its because apple made it famous. and there was an article recently about an android smartphone (i dont remember) that was the first to use 64bit processing, not apple....but yet apple again is given credit.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:21 1

18. tedkord (Posts: 4243; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Welcome into the RDF. Like the Hotel California, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:22

19. justsayit (Posts: 152; Member since: 09 May 2013)


huawei if i not wrong
first android with 64-bit chipset

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 05:39 1

20. tedkord (Posts: 4243; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I doubt it. Android itself doesn't have 64bit support. You can't just throw a 64bit CPU into a device with a 32bit OS and run anything 64bit.

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