Prolific tipster @evleaks has tweeted a full list of the APK files that are allegedly contained within the software that is set to come running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Battling on through the truly dizzying amount of apps that come pre-installed on Sammy's TouchWiz spin on Android, we come across a most interesting, albeit mystifying FingerprintService.apk that once again opens the door on a world of possibilities. Keep in mind, however, that the latest leaks have been consistently suggesting that a fingerprint scanner will fail to make a showing once the Galaxy Note 3 is released. So while unlikely that we'll get to play with this, this could be a clear indication that the South Korean behemoth is gearing up for the next push.
Fingerprint sensors surely aren't something breathtakingly new – some smartphones, like the Motorola ATRIX 4G, have had one as far back as 2011. Chief among the reasons for the quick discontinuation of the tech, however, has mainly had to do with the poor longevity of the CMOS-based sensors found in most such devices. What's more, quality, long-lasting scanners have been cited as both expensive and bulky, a cost most manufacturer would rather forgo, especially since it doesn't feed enough value back.
This trend now seems to be reversing, as Apple is said to be rushing to market the next generation of fingerprint scanners, relying on a sapphire glass cover to provide shelter from the many swipes these sensors will be forced to live through.
So why the change of heart? Naturally, this is only a guess (a common one, at that), but it does seem likely that it has a lot to do with the extremely hot topic of security, especially now that our smartphones are carrying more sensitive information than ever before. Moreover, with the big players wanting a fat piece of the lucrative eCommerce market of apps/books/movies sales, along with the push that promises to turn mobile payments into commonplace, it certainly makes a lot of business sense to that fingerprint scanners have entered the daily agenda.