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Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 rumored to come with iris scanning authentication

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Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 rumored to come with iris scanning authentication

According to a new rumor originating from South Korea, both Samsung and LG are gearing up to launch smartphones with iris-based authentication systems. The report claims that the two manufacturers might equip iris scanners on commercial smartphones as early as next year, meaning that it wouldn't be entirely impossible for next year's Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 to both integrate the new biometric login systems.

Ever since before the Samsung Galaxy S5 was launched, rumors argued that Samsung plans to integrate an iris scanner in its flagship smartphone series. As that did not happen, a few months later, fresh rumors started spreading hope that the Galaxy Note 4 will be the first Samsung handset to integrate the feature. Samsung itself hinted that it is looking into the technology last year, and now it looks like the fruits of that labour will finally surface for all of us to see.

About a year and a half ago when the first rumors on the topic started spreading in the tech blogosphere, iris scanners were considered to be a bit of a futuristic technology, which is why probably only few were disappointed that the only biometric login option featured by the Galaxy S5 was a fingerprint reader. Fast forward to present day, however, and the age of smartphone-mounted iris scanners is upon us. 

To our knowledge, the Vivo X5 Pro, launched in China last month, was the first smartphone to use iris-scanning authentication technology. The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, recently launched in Japan as an NTT DoCoMo exclusive, also comes with a similar feature. It's not uncommon for new and forward-thinking smartphone technologies to be first adopted in East Asia and then migrate towards Western markets several months later. 

It remains to be seen how well current-generation iris scanners actually work. Fingerprint readers needed a few good years to mature from a technology that only captured headlines but didn't work so well in practice into a quick and reliable authentication method, and it's not entirely unreasonable to think that we're in for more of the same with iris scanners.

If this new rumor turns out to be accurate, then the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the LG G5 could both make use of iris scanners. Since the two flagships are most likely in the very early stages of development, chances are that the feature is not a lock for the upcoming flagships. Both Samsung and LG routinely launch South Korean exclusive versions of their flagships, and it would certainly be possible for the two companies to test out the new feature in their domestic market first.

The new report argues that iris recognition systems are more secure than fingerprint readers, which makes the new technology a perfect fit for the mobile payment market, one that Samsung will soon tackle head-first when Samsung Pay launches this fall.

source: INews24 via GforGames

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posted on 18 Jun 2015, 06:08

1. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Not again. I heard this for galaxy s5 too. Same old rumors repeating PA.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 06:15 12

2. TerryTerius (Posts: 1539; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


As did rumors of Apple making larger Phones, and Samsung using premium materials and curved displays. Yes Just because a rumor isn't true for one product cycle, doesn't mean it won't be true for the next.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:01 2

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3714; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes, very true, fingerprint scanning is available now so I see iris scanning coming soon.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 08:40

10. waddup121 (unregistered)


Samsung shoulda done this looong time ago

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 10:42

11. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why? Give a reason!

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:04

4. zig8100 (Posts: 227; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


First facial recognition, then fingerprints, now a iris scan, then it will be DNA. The bad guys wont able to get away with anything but I still dont feel comfortable with all my self identifying attributes being so easily accessible to anyone that knows how to hack or even the government.
I dont care how safe they say something is there is always away to hack something.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:04

5. zig8100 (Posts: 227; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)


First facial recognition, then fingerprints, now a iris scan, then it will be DNA. The bad guys wont able to get away with anything but I still dont feel comfortable with all my self identifying attributes being so easily accessible to anyone that knows how to hack or even the government.
I dont care how safe they say something is there is always away to hack something.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:07 1

6. DRavago (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I think Iris scanning is cool but I think for the kind of phones we currently have, it's not neccesary or will be a hot feature, smart phones (successful ones) should aim for making things easier, day to day use... If you have to hold your phone to your face and keep your eye open just so and I have to do that every time I want to unlock my phone I would lose my mind... When I take my iphone out of my pocket its facing with the lightning port up, and the screen in, when I pull it out, the button has been pushed by my right thumb, scanned, and unlocked by the time the phone has reached my face.... This will not work the same way... Unless my phone is in my face permanently, what good is this feature in day to day use?

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:12

7. mihai.a (Posts: 47; Member since: 15 Apr 2015)


Hi DRavago, and thanks for your comment.

Given the alleged accuracy of iris scanners, they could turn out to be an ideal solution for authorizing payments or unlocking apps that need an added layer of protection.

Hopefully, users will be able to use the fingerprint reader for unlocking purposes, and iris scanners for authorizing online purchases.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:25

8. DRavago (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


So your saying my unauthorized twin brother with unlikely the same finger print needs further protection? If someone can hack into a cellphone with a fingerprint scanner, you think a iris scanner will stop them? This further complicates the amount of security and pain for paying for things. Have you ever used Apple Pay? Or google wallet(if you can find a place that supports it)? You have to unlock it as the machine is scanning your phone... You want to bend down and stick your eye in front of your phone? This tech would be neccessary for a vault or maybe a car.... Or if I was a Super Saiyan with a new scanner...

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 10:43

12. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8371; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Why would you bend to your phone vs bringing the phone up to your face?

You whole post made absolutely no sense.

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 07:29

9. DRavago (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


I am not against new tech, i am against poor implementation...

posted on 18 Jun 2015, 18:30

13. Malaperdas (Posts: 25; Member since: 15 Apr 2013)


So you loose any chance to keep your phone private with this one.
If there was an -let's say- numerical password, no one could take that from you by force.
Now you won't have any means to defend yourself.
They will put you down, put your phone infront of your eyes and it will unlock.

Not to mention that the iris fingerprint can be easily taken from photographs of you you might uploaded.

I always check large (many megapixels) photos of actors and such, and you can easile see their irises in all their glory. So this might the easiest hackable protection EVER.

posted on 22 Jun 2015, 05:21

14. james2841 (Posts: 147; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


the iris print would need to have an infared signature to unlock, and paper cant emit infared "heat" signatures. (normal) cameras also capture so little infared signatures that it is impossible to extract it. those multi-megapixel pictures you have dont have a infared bitmap or infared layer, so it would be impossible to unlock it without actually having the person infront of their phone.

posted on 22 Jun 2015, 05:25

15. james2841 (Posts: 147; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


unless that the picture is from an infared camera infront of their face. and that you have some equipment (constructing something like that would take ~15.6 billion dollars) to mimic the infared "heat" signature of the entire iris.

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