“At least one” upcoming 2013 Android phone will have fingerprint sensor like iPhone 5S

“At least one” upcoming 2013 Android phone will have fingerprint sensor like iPhone 5S
The Apple iPhone 5S is not even out yet, but all rumors agree on one thing - it will come with a fingerprint reader built right into the home key, a feature that aims to bring improved security and can have huge reverberations for mobile payments. This could truly become the iPhone 5S’ big stand-out feature, but now the Wall Street Journal confirms that “at least one” Android phone will come with a similar fingerprint sensor baked right in.

The publication known for having sources close to Apple and Google quotes a “person familiar with the matter” saying that Apple’s decision to put in a fingerprint sensor will influence other companies to follow suit. Moreover, this mysterious new Android smartphone is expected to arrive this year. However it is not yet clear whether that smartphone will be coming to the United States in particular.

Now, fingerprint sensor in devices are nothing new. We’ve been seeing them appear on business oriented notebook computers for years, and we’ve also seen them on smartphones like the Motorola Atrix 4G, a phone released way back in 2011. The problem with the Atrix and its fingerprint reader was that it just wasn’t any good - it did not always work properly and it wasn’t meant to last long years.

Now, we expect much better from Apple. Cupertino acquired renown fingerprint reader maker Authentec last year, and is said to have included the sensor into a sapphire made home key. This should make it durable and long lasting.

All this comes amidst talk about passwords being an imperfect way to protect mobile devices that could easily be lost or stolen, and sensitive data compromised.

source: Wall Street Journal

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60 Comments

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

maybe nexus 5

25. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I think it will come from most innovative company shamesung. See their another innovation http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/dyson-sues-samsung-vacuum-design-rip-off/

34. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

doesnt matter for me

45. tedkord

Posts: 17083; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So Apple copying it from Motorola was innovation?

2. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I thought the One Max was supposed to have a big ugly square one on the back?

3. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

And it'll be Samsung! The biggest i$heep! They copy everything else, don't they?http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/dyson-sues-samsung-vacuum-design-rip-off/

5. suavemezie

Posts: 91; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

When Apple copy its nota crime right? Atrix has it for almost 2 years now. so who's copying who?

7. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Porsche Design P’9522 had it before the Atrix, why didn't you mention that?

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Exactly my point.

21. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Your point? From which part of irrelevance did u snoop in?

28. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Just because they both read your fingerprint doesn\'t mean they\'re the same technology.

31. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

They won't get it!

58. CRizzy

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Yes and no. Although the Atrix was one of the newer phones to have a Finger Print scanner, it was a completely different concept than Apple. Atrix had a scanner that could be hacked because it only took a black and white image of the finger. The Apple sensor is much more advance using newer technology.

59. NotADroid

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

oh yeah and you really hear of the buzz about that phone now. Cutting edge. Groundbreaking technology. It was February 2011 and Motorola just launched a new phone with a slick, new feature: a built-in fingerprint sensor. It was the Motorola Atrix 4G. Chances are, you've never heard of the phone. Why not? While we could come up to a number of answers to that question, there's one simple answer that sums it up. Motorola isn't Apple. It takes a powerful brand and an Apple-like customer experience to get customers to notice new technologies like this. Motorola would have done well to take some advice from Steve Jobs: "You've got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology -- not the other way around." The Motorola's Atrix 4G sensor was built on the back side of the phone, near the top. Talk about awkward. They probably didn't have the technology or the hardware real estate to embed it on the font anywhere. So what did they do? They put it on the only place they could put it. They did what Apple would never do. Touch ID on iPhone 5s. On the iPhone 5s, the feature is built right into the home button -- the same button that already prompts the phone to display the unlock screen. Given the Touch ID's seamless experience, Apple can actually use the feature as a major selling point. The Atix -- what was it called? Oh yeah, the Atrix 4G -- the Atrix failed miserably to pass Jobs' customer-experience test. This feature will be around and working on iphones for years to come. it. IF it was such good technology why isnt it on all androids now? it took a stupid black and white picture of your fingerprint and it could be unlocked with a picture of your print. same with the "face recognition" technology which could also be unlocked with a picture

11. Nephylim

Posts: 134; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

If apple copy.... you call it inovation, don't you?

13. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Nope! Do you?

19. Just.Saying

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

APPLE doesn't make the iPhone itself. It neither manufactures the components nor assembles them into a finished product. The components come from a variety of suppliers and the assembly is done by Foxconn, Samsung is a particularly important supplier. It provides some of the phone's most important components: the flash memory that holds the phone's apps, music and operating software; the working memory, or DRAM; and the applications processor that makes the whole thing work... Bash Samsung all you want but just remember, By Supporting apple you are supporting SAMSUNG. Deal with It

22. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

*dealing*

4. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I doubt fingerprint sensor will be any more secure than a code. Want to steal someone's iphone? Just knock them out and put their finger on the button. And it better work all the time, even when it's 95% correct, it will annoy the crap out of people.

8. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Yes coz knockin ppl out is as easy as stealing their phone!

32. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this comment was so appropriate with your profile pic...lol +1

36. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Obviously, you haven't been to Malaysia...

55. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Yeah, nowadays, Malaysia criminals doesn\\\\\\\'t knock ppl out but stab ppl with knife or even placing a bullet on ppl body.... Thanks to our briliant government.

57. vincelongman

Posts: 5602; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I feel really sorry for you guys. I heard about your elections, I hope someone restores democracy in Malaysia soon.

40. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5482; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Yes it is quite easy, especially when choosing your targets right.

6. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

just stop it... start bringing real innovation and not re-utilized scrap

9. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

the word innovation has a meaning, research it and stop using it like a droid potato!

10. Sauce unregistered

Starting bringing real commentation and not re-commentated crap.

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

if we believe movies, it\'s also very easy to copy fingerprints. it does not really provide the best security.

14. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

So Apple should provide you with bodyguards now? Fingerprint sensor is still better than making patterns on dots.

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