Fingerprint scanner could show up on Android phones within 6 months says alliance

Fingerprint scanner could show up on Android phones within 6 months says alliance
A fingerprint scanner was tried once on an Android phone as the Motorola ATRIX 4G sported the feature. But it didn't go over too well with ATRIX users, requiring the user to swipe his finger across a sensor. With Apple's Touch ID sensor, the user merely presses the home button. The good news for Android users is that a Touch ID alternative for the platform could be on Android models within the next 6 months.

The CFO of the non-profit FIDO Alliance (Fast IDentity Online), Michael Barrett, said in a published report on Wednesday that fingerprint scanners expected to soon be on Android models, would be based on an open source system rather than the locked down Touch ID that Apple is using on the Apple iPhone 5s.

The FIDO Alliance is made up of 48 tech companies including Lenovo, LG and BlackBerry. As of this moment, Touch ID is not compliant with FIDO. Barrett says that Apple could eventually meet FIDO's requisites. "Our view is that it's possible Apple might choose to start using FIDO, but that's probably a couple of years out," the executive says.

The FIDO Alliance just formed earlier this year, in February, and has grown rapidly. The first Android devices with FIDO backed fingerprint sensors will launch early in 2014, according to Barrett.

source: USAToday via SlashGear



1. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

No thank you. Leave it off and decrease the prices please.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

"Could show up" Its already been on several phones that are way old than even the iphone 5.

3. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

This is a clear cut case of, Monkey see! monkey do! I remember when laptops came with a fingerprint scanner. That didn't work out to well. They stopped puting them on, and these are laptops that have way more information than phones. It didn't work out on laptop i don't see it working out on phones either.

6. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

People are using their phones more than computers these days man. Finding a lost phone will be more pratical for the finder than finding a lost laptop.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

how is a fingerprint scanner better than pattern unlock? I bet can unlock my phone faster than a fingerprint scanner and it's just as secure.

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Alot of people I know who owns the 5S don't use the finger print scanner, by adding this feature we will have to pay extra so I say NO to finger print scanners.

5. Yes-Sir

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 16, 2013

A good quality sensors and scanners are expensive just like SSD drives! So blame is on OEMS.

7. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

As I must admit I have been one of those people who have not used passwords in the past I got to say that the print scanner on my 5s works flawlessly

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

No more pasword type in, if it's android nomore drawing paterns (kindergarten), the iphone 5S just made everything easier

10. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

kindergarten... really? you know you would have been all over that shiz if it was on the iPhone 5s anyways its not like you could say Apple did it first lol :P

22. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

I see many people using the pattern unlock using jailbreak on iPhones all the time.

9. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

HTC One Max?

12. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

i knew that the atrix had a fingerpint scanner a while back and couldnt believe why these ifans where bragging about being the first...and that samsung will be copying...

13. taojj

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Copying has become Innovation these days.

21. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Get over it, copying has been innovation since a hominid picked up a pointy stick right after another one picked up a pointy stick. Followed by the incremental updates of attaching a rock at the end of the stick.

14. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

My Fujitsu F-02E has a seamless fingerprint scanner and a couple of other fujitsu phones have this. So the title is wrong, fingerprint scanner is not comingtot android phones, it is more like "more android phone makers are going to adopt it"

15. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Would be nice if they can get an app/OS feature to use your camera to do the same task.

16. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

like I said in previous articles the galaxy s5 will have fingerprint scanner

17. vikingsfootball09

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 02, 2013

since the atrix had the fingerprint scanner first, why isnt there an article about apple copying motorolla? and when apple adopts the fingerprint scanner. then all of a sudden who ever adopts fingerprint scanner after that is called copying apple? ifans will say. well its because apple made it famous. and there was an article recently about an android smartphone (i dont remember) that was the first to use 64bit processing, not apple....but yet apple again is given credit.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Welcome into the RDF. Like the Hotel California, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

19. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

huawei if i not wrong first android with 64-bit chipset

20. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I doubt it. Android itself doesn't have 64bit support. You can't just throw a 64bit CPU into a device with a 32bit OS and run anything 64bit.

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