5 extended fingerprint scanner features that make sense, but are still rare

5 extended fingerprint scanner features that make sense, but are still rare
Fingerprint scanners on phones have been around for quite a while now, with feature phones such as the Toshiba Portege G900 offering one as early as 2007. Of course, the modern incarnation of the scanner is far more advanced, and for the most part owes its popularity to Apple and its iPhone 5s, which introduced Touch ID to the masses for the first time. Ever since, fingerprint scanners have become a sort of 'must-have' feature with flagships, and we're already starting to see the tech trickle down to lower end devices as it gets more affordable.

Until very recently, however, all we cared about when it came to these clever contraptions was speed and accuracy. There were problems there that needed to be resolved before the category could progress, but if we were to call it, we'd say 2015 finally put these concerns to bed. Fingerprint scanners are now almost universally reliable, at least within devices manufactured in the past year. As is the case with any technology, the question now is what else we could be doing with them other than logging into our phones. And there are a number of sensible ideas, but their implementation is quite rare.

So, instead of droning on and on about how scanners facilitate mobile payments — a very intriguing advancement in smartphone technology, but rather played out now — we thought we'd round up 5 sensible features that manufactures could bake into them little cutouts.

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21 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

That's why jailbreak is still awesome

17. Unordinary unregistered

Was about to say, odd, I have all these features +12 more standalone features for Touch ID.

20. rahul1999

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Heyy, I just jail broke my iPhone 6 a few weeks ago. Could you tell me the names of all the Touch ID tweaks you just mentioned?? Plssss

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The fingerprint sign-in to web accounts in the Samsung browser is probably the best actually fingerprint-related extra feature.

4. dudeinhotel unregistered

iphone first home button ==> samsung galaxy s first home button iphone 5s first fingerprint scanner ==> samsung galaxy s5 copied it apple pay ==> samsung pay nuff said

6. WPX00

Posts: 509; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Android had the notification pulldown first > Apple copied Android had the multitasking rolodex first > Apple copied Samsung had the preview stuff before opening (Air View) > Apple copied HTC had antenna line design on metal backs first > Apple copied Android had proactive assistance first > Apple copied Point being, idea appropriation is rampant, and doing this will never end.

7. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Proactive assistant? Do you mean google now? FYI Siri came first before google now.

11. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Google had voice commands years before siri was introduced. Siri was a direct response to Android's voice command capabilities.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Windows Mobile and Palm OS had them even before Google. The big difference is everyone else's waas 1st party, while Apple purchased the company that made Siri and then stole the Siri UI from a company in China and called it their own.

18. Unordinary unregistered

Wrong. Do some research.

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Voice_Search Btw proactive assisant just came in iOS 9

10. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

"Samsung had the preview stuff before opening (Air View) > Apple copied" Does their 3d force touch function the same way as the air view? Remember. Air view hovers the screen while the 3d force touch uses screen pressure in order for it to function. So in terms of hardware. They're too different.

8. Landon

Posts: 1227; Member since: May 07, 2015

The fingerprint scanner in the galaxy S5 was crap compared to the iPhone 5S. That being said, they perform fairly equally in the S6 and 6 now. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Fingerprint-scanners-comparison-Galaxy-S6-vs-iPhone-6-vs-Note-4-vs-Huawei-Mate7-vs-Meizu-MX4-Pro_id71154 Oh, and good luck trying to use Apple Pay where NFC isn't available (you can use Samsung Pay at NFC and traditional MST terminals).

19. Unordinary unregistered

If only the 3 banks I use supported Samsung Pay =( Id get a Note 5 right away.

16. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

"apple pay ==> samsung pay" LOL!!!! iDiot. nuff said

3. palmguy

Posts: 952; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

What about to use the back mounted ones to scroll like a old school BlackBerry track pad? I was sure that would be on here.

9. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

It's kind of related to #2, so I decided not to include it separately. Been using that one on the Huawei Mate S for a few days now, and it could be better to be honest.

5. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

It was the 5s, not the iPhone 5.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A feature that is unique to a brand, doesn't have to be available to every brand. #3 isn't any quicker than just reaching for the notification drop down. It just isn't. Its a novelty at best. My phone doesn't have it. My fingerprint sensor is on the front. So thus it wouldn't even be a benefit. See this shows how ignorant the writers are. They don't even consider how such a feature wouldn't or wouldn't be beneficial on a phone that doesn't even have the same setup. My sensor is on the front and not the back, so how is #3 beneficial for all phones? #5 is also kinda lame. I mapped the shutter to the power button. But also on Samsung phones you can snap the shutter by placing a finger on the heart rate sensor

21. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Eh, you could easily make use of #3 with, say, an iPhone. And it is faster and far more convenient when trying to operate single-handed. At least unless you have truly enormous hands and can easily reach the top of the screen without using your second hand. Most people can't, especially on anything beyond 5 inches.

15. Yousefjaber

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

They really must do #1 it is important for me at least

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