Fingerprint scanner for Samsung Galaxy S5?

Fingerprint scanner for Samsung Galaxy S5?
The Motorola ATRIX 4G had one on top of the unit. The Apple iPhone 5s has it embedded in the home button, and the HTC One max features it on the back cover. Now, there is speculation that the Samsung Galaxy S5 might sport one as well. If you haven't guessed by now, we are talking about fingerprint scanners, the latest 'don't need it but really want it' hardware tool found on a select group of smartphones.

Back in October, a fraudulent press release announced that Korean based Samsung had purchased Fingerprint Cards for $650 million. Even though there was no acquisition of the biometrics firm, the company's CEO, Johan Carlstrom, says that he expects at least one and possibly two new smartphones from Samsung next year to include a fingerprint scanner. The executive said that Samsung would employ either a swipe (like the Motorola ATRIX 4G) or touch (like the iPhone 5s) sensor. Carlstrom says that he hopes his firm is selected as one of Samsung's fingerprint sensor suppliers for next year.


Fingerprint Cards has just announced a new line of touch fingerprint sensors for Android phones and tablets and for Windows Phone. The company has already signed deals to provide the cheaper swipe technology to companies like Japan's Fujitsu, South Korea's Pantech and China's Konka.

Carlstrom says that he expects seven or eight smartphone manufacturers to launch a phone with a touch fingerprint sensor in 2014. Outside of Apple, which purchased touch sensor producer AuthenTec last year, Fingerprint Cards expects to own 60% of the smartphone market for touch sensors in 2014 and 2015.

source: Reuters

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42 Comments

41. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

64 bit and finger scanner, it also comes with kopy kat 7.0.4

42. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I wonder what 7.0 is copy of hmm maybe ginger bread or jealous bean and still not can't truly multi task

37. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

I'm fine as long as it's not a useless flop Like the One Max.. put it in the front and just make it work..that's it

36. jad.boutary

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I like to see those ppl who said that samsung will never put a fingerprint on their phones lol.. also for who say it is useless.. maybe yes but if you use pattern or pin or what ever security.. you will see that finger print is the easiest way to secure your phone.. OH yeh and you don't lock your phone you have an option ! DON'T USE IT DUUUH (HTC one max owner)

35. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Apple spent $365M for their fingerprint scanner tech. How much did Samsung pay?

31. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Please no more finger print scanners. May this fad die now. Don't copy Apple. There are other areas of smartphones that need improvement first before this useless tech.

19. applesucker

Posts: 81; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

then apple will sue samsung for copying their touch ID. lol

10. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Samsung see, Samsung do. btw apple bought the company that made the fingerprint scanner for Motorola.

13. willard12 unregistered

Pull down notifications, maps, toggles, command center, answer a call with a message, larger screens on phones, 4g lte, slide to unlock, sms, smaller screens on tablets.....apple see, apple do, apple patent, apple sue.

22. Dowson unregistered

Are u retarded?

26. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

more like a second nature

38. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

"toggles" dafuq... "sms" DAFUQ?? "smaller screens on tablets" DA...FUQ. "larger screens on phones" Like in 2007 when the iPhone had pretty much the largest screen of any phone? Soooo. Oh do we have to count after 2007? I am not sure of the rules here.

14. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Apple see, Apple (re: Motorola Atrix).

9. polotodd

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

I think a fingerprint scanner is a waste via unit cost and interior real estate. ESP swipe ones. To me it's an empty selling point. Put that cost and space into a feature like better chip set, battery or camera. Make a truly top end phone without holding back features for the next generation.

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Hope not. It gives a false sense of security (the iPhone 5S has the same number of workarounds to get the screen unlocked as it's predecessors) and one more technology that can fail on you. Why even bother with something nobody really calls for?

4. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

Who cares? Finger print CAN NEVER be used for banking or so. Only iMorons can worship it as a "magic" function? Normal ppl will never trade the thin bezels for huge ugly button with questionable usefulness.

3. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Samsung wants to have a fingerprint sensor on its flagship? They say imitation is the most sincere form of flatter...

7. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Agreed... Motorola should feel flattered ;)

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

There's didn't work, they should feel educated by apple.

12. willard12 unregistered

You had an Atrix? I had had one and the fingerprint scanner worked fine. The little 4 inch screen and AT&T bloatware was annoying.

15. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I've seen the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S and its on another level. You can train it to any finger orientations. You don't have to swipe it like on other implementations. It simply is amazing.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This isn't about 4 in. screens, and bloatware, it's about the fingerprint sensor on the atrix being crap. If 4 in. screens annoy you,then don't buy em Einstein. You shoulda knew it was annoying before you made the purchase, and left with it.

17. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

+1 , owned

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 back atcha bro

18. willard12 unregistered

Yes, it's about fingerprint scanners. And as stated, "the fingerprint scanner worked fine." What's not annoying in a store can be annoying at home 2 months later. I would put my intellect up against yours any day of the week, Einstein.

24. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

clearly you have no idea what you're talking about, Apple averted the most haunting fears with scanners like the atrix had cuz the sensor grows weaker with time till it stops working, so yeah Apple deserves the credit

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Any day of the week? Sorry, I have a wife and son that take up my time. No time to match wits with a childish butthurt fanboy like you. Go play with your atrix fingerprint scanner, and leave me alone. You've been owned, and are dismissed till further notice.

28. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

btw apple going for big screens with the next gen of iphone means they are following samsung? no it means they are catching up with the new trends, which is so late imo.

29. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hahah right? They say Apple should get credit for bringing back fingerprint scanning 2 years later but will they give Sammy credit when iPhones are 5+ inches...NO

32. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

For such a "busy" life you spend A LOT of time on here dude. Also you just attempted to match wits with that comment, haha FAIL.

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