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Fingerprint scanner for Samsung Galaxy S5?

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Fingerprint scanner for Samsung Galaxy S5?
The Motorola ATRIX 4G had one on top of the unit. The Apple iPhone 5s has it embedded in the home button, and the HTC One max features it on the back cover. Now, there is speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 might sport one as well. If you haven't guessed by now, we are talking about fingerprint scanners, the latest 'don't need it but really want it' hardware tool found on a select group of smartphones.

Back in October, a fraudulent press release announced that Korean based Samsung had purchased Fingerprint Cards for $650 million. Even though there was no acquisition of the biometrics firm, the company's CEO, Johan Carlstrom, says that he expects at least one and possibly two new smartphones from Samsung next year to include a fingerprint scanner. The executive said that Samsung would employ either a swipe (like the Motorola ATRIX 4G) or touch (like the iPhone 5s) sensor. Carlstrom says that he hopes his firm is selected as one of Samsung's fingerprint sensor suppliers for next year.

"Samsung is well known for having multiple suppliers for most components and our goal is to be selected as one of their sensor suppliers already in 2014"-Johan Carlstrom, CEO, Fingerprint Cards

Fingerprint Cards has just announced a new line of touch fingerprint sensors for Android phones and tablets and for Windows Phone. The company has already signed deals to provide the cheaper swipe technology to companies like Japan's Fujitsu, South Korea's Pantech and China's Konka.

Carlstrom says that he expects seven or eight smartphone manufacturers to launch a phone with a touch fingerprint sensor in 2014. Outside of Apple, which purchased touch sensor producer AuthenTec last year, Fingerprint Cards expects to own 60% of the smartphone market for touch sensors in 2014 and 2015.

source: Reuters

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:51 6

1. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Hope it's not a flop fingerprint sucks personal opinion if you love it great no

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:20 5

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 781; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yeah i also think its not a major feature. also think it's not much secure, because we leave our finger prints all over the phone...
but i like to see the whole display as a finger print sensor, like my phone can only be operated by using my own finger

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:02 1

11. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


So you are about someone lifting your fingerprints from the device and then replicating them in a usable form. Then using said replicated fingerprints to hack your phone? Who the heck are you hanging with James Bond and what the heck is on your phone so valuable? Lol. Its more secure than the facial recognition on my galaxy (I chose not to require a blink so someone could theoretically use my picture to unlock my phone).

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 00:07

39. phonemonkey (Posts: 163; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


It is not any more secure than a passcode... A passcode (decent one) is all we really need.
But hey why not add more features if they can? Just makes the phones more desirable on their end.
I have the note 3 and had a s4 I've never used the plethora of IR capabilities, eye detector, or the hand gestures...
But I sure feel good having them on my phone

I don't think samsung will do it unless it is the sensor like the HP computers where you slide your finger on it bc a round one wouldn't fit on the screen

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 05:56

40. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


More useless features means more bugs... Majority of the users I can say don't care for finger print just a topping on a cake which we could live without not add some flavors that's different... The saying is true Go Hard or Go Home

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 09:53 3

2. vandroid (Posts: 262; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I hope it's touch because the swipe is just awful

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:08 8

3. ThePython (Posts: 258; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Samsung wants to have a fingerprint sensor on its flagship?

They say imitation is the most sincere form of flatter...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:26 11

7. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 374; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Agreed... Motorola should feel flattered ;)

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:41 16

8. darkkjedii (Posts: 11216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


There's didn't work, they should feel educated by apple.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:16 4

12. willard12 (Posts: 783; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


You had an Atrix? I had had one and the fingerprint scanner worked fine. The little 4 inch screen and AT&T bloatware was annoying.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:32 10

15. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I've seen the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S and its on another level. You can train it to any finger orientations. You don't have to swipe it like on other implementations. It simply is amazing.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:32 8

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 11216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This isn't about 4 in. screens, and bloatware, it's about the fingerprint sensor on the atrix being crap. If 4 in. screens annoy you,then don't buy em Einstein. You shoulda knew it was annoying before you made the purchase, and left with it.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:36 2

17. rawbow (Posts: 427; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


+1 , owned

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:48 1

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 11216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 back atcha bro

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:40 2

18. willard12 (Posts: 783; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yes, it's about fingerprint scanners. And as stated, "the fingerprint scanner worked fine." What's not annoying in a store can be annoying at home 2 months later. I would put my intellect up against yours any day of the week, Einstein.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:52 7

24. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


clearly you have no idea what you're talking about, Apple averted the most haunting fears with scanners like the atrix had cuz the sensor grows weaker with time till it stops working, so yeah Apple deserves the credit

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:53 5

25. darkkjedii (Posts: 11216; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Any day of the week? Sorry, I have a wife and son that take up my time. No time to match wits with a childish butthurt fanboy like you. Go play with your atrix fingerprint scanner, and leave me alone. You've been owned, and are dismissed till further notice.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:07 5

28. shahrooz (Posts: 139; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


btw apple going for big screens with the next gen of iphone means they are following samsung? no it means they are catching up with the new trends, which is so late imo.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:15 1

29. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Hahah right? They say Apple should get credit for bringing back fingerprint scanning 2 years later but will they give Sammy credit when iPhones are 5+ inches...NO

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:21 1

32. EclipseGSX (limited) (Posts: 1587; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


For such a "busy" life you spend A LOT of time on here dude. Also you just attempted to match wits with that comment, haha FAIL.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:30

34. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


I know that dude's rhetoric is so blindly flawed it's unbelievable.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:01 1

27. shahrooz (Posts: 139; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


the idea was from Motorola the fact that apple implemented it better doesn't mean they came up with it nor makes them the first to use it.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:15 1

30. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


thanks for saying that, do you realize that Apple is the same company that implemented touch displays better? they didn't invent touch did they? ...you welcome

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:07 1

20. suneeboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


+1 to this

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:35 2

33. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


the fingerprint scanner on the 5S isn't perfect either. 2 of my friends have the phone, and get very frustrated at it not working alot of the time. I realise it's a minor amount of consumers, but it's still there and it shouldn't be praised so much IDT.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 21:28

43. TheWolverine (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)


Your English didn't work either. I hope Apple didn't educate you on proper grammar.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:08 2

4. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Who cares?
Finger print CAN NEVER be used for banking or so.
Only iMorons can worship it as a "magic" function?
Normal ppl will never trade the thin bezels for huge ugly button with questionable usefulness.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:19 1

5. _Bone_ (Posts: 2126; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Hope not. It gives a false sense of security (the iPhone 5S has the same number of workarounds to get the screen unlocked as it's predecessors) and one more technology that can fail on you. Why even bother with something nobody really calls for?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:49

9. polotodd (Posts: 6; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


I think a fingerprint scanner is a waste via unit cost and interior real estate. ESP swipe ones. To me it's an empty selling point.

Put that cost and space into a feature like better chip set, battery or camera. Make a truly top end phone without holding back features for the next generation.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:54 2

10. Quezdagreat (Posts: 427; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


Samsung see, Samsung do. btw apple bought the company that made the fingerprint scanner for Motorola.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:23 4

13. willard12 (Posts: 783; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Pull down notifications, maps, toggles, command center, answer a call with a message, larger screens on phones, 4g lte, slide to unlock, sms, smaller screens on tablets.....apple see, apple do, apple patent, apple sue.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:24 6

22. Dowson (unregistered)


Are u retarded?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:55 3

26. androiphone20 (Posts: 1424; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


more like a second nature

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 17:51

38. GeekyGene (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Aug 2013)


"toggles"

dafuq...

"sms"

DAFUQ??

"smaller screens on tablets"

DA...FUQ.

"larger screens on phones"

Like in 2007 when the iPhone had pretty much the largest screen of any phone? Soooo. Oh do we have to count after 2007? I am not sure of the rules here.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:28

14. DnB925Art (Posts: 217; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Apple see, Apple (re: Motorola Atrix).

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:51

19. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


then apple will sue samsung for copying their touch ID. lol

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 13:21 1

31. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Please no more finger print scanners. May this fad die now. Don't copy Apple. There are other areas of smartphones that need improvement first before this useless tech.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:53

35. Ninetysix (Posts: 1584; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Apple spent $365M for their fingerprint scanner tech. How much did Samsung pay?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 15:27 1

36. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I like to see those ppl who said that samsung will never put a fingerprint on their phones lol.. also for who say it is useless.. maybe yes but if you use pattern or pin or what ever security.. you will see that finger print is the easiest way to secure your phone.. OH yeh and you don't lock your phone you have an option ! DON'T USE IT DUUUH
(HTC one max owner)

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:47

37. davenycept (Posts: 172; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


I'm fine as long as it's not a useless flop Like the One Max.. put it in the front and just make it work..that's it

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 10:22

41. mrblah (Posts: 437; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


64 bit and finger scanner, it also comes with
kopy kat 7.0.4

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 23:05

42. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I wonder what 7.0 is copy of hmm maybe ginger bread or jealous bean and still not can't truly multi task

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