5 extended fingerprint scanner features that make sense, but are still rare
posted by Gabriella P. / Dec 04, 2015, 6:07 AM
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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That's why jailbreak is still awesome
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 6:14 AM 5
Was about to say, odd, I have all these features +12 more standalone features for Touch ID.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 1:52 PM 3
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The fingerprint sign-in to web accounts in the Samsung browser is probably the best actually fingerprint-related extra feature.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 6:42 AM 13
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
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 8:00 AM 2
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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.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 8:39 AM 11
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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.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 10:53 AM 0
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"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.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 9:08 AM 2
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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
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).
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 8:52 AM 4
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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.
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 7:21 AM 0
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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
posted on Dec 04, 2015, 10:50 AM 1
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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.
posted on Dec 11, 2015, 7:38 AM 0
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