Gestures used with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will open and close apps?

According to what is alleged to be the settings page on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the fingerprint scanner will support gestures that will open and close apps. While the page itself is in Spanish, running the words through Google Translate results in something interesting. Under the heading "Gestos para sensor de huella" (Gestures for the fingerprint sensor), it reads "abir y cerrar aplicaciones y funciones con el sensor huella digitales." Translated, it reads "Open and close applications and functions with the fingerprint sensor." And there is a toggle switch right next to the sentence that allows users to enable and disable this feature.

The placement of the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ has been controversial. Because Samsung wanted to do away with front-facing buttons, the biometric reader has been moved to the back. While that is not unusual, most rear-facing scanners are placed under the camera, toward the center of the back cover. There, they can be reached and found easily. Instead, on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, the fingerprint scanner is located directly to the right of the rear camera lens. Users might have to move their finger around to find the spot, and could end up smudging the camera lens.

This doesn't appear to be anything like the gestures used with the Pixel's fingerprint scanner, which allows those with the phone to control the notifications shade on the screen. On the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus, the fingerprint scanner can be used to navigate the device. Swiping left is the same as pressing the "Back" button. Swiping to the right is the same as clicking on the "Recents" button. And pressing on the fingerprint scanner will take you "Home." But that is easier to pull off with a front-facing fingerprint scanner, not one that your fingers will have to do some walking to find.

So as a result, while we are intrigued by how this feature might work, we will have to wait for the unveiling to find out. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are just days away from their March 29th introduction.

source: TheAndroidSoul

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(30h talk time)
Galaxy S8+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Also confirm the facial recognition feature to unlock the device. See the settings (ajustes) and then see block and security (bloqueo y seguridad), & see in the small letters " reconocimiento facial" facial recognition.

2. cGmC11

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

24. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Facial recognition was already available to devices running Lollipop. Nothing new.

3. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

I understand that it might close apps (current opened app) but how is it gonna open an app?

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Sounds like it will be like the Recent Apps feature of the G5

20. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Same way you can select what certain gestures do with Nova Launcher & other gesture using apps.

5. Jumonji

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 15, 2017

I called it. :P

6. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Front of the screen is amazing !!!!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gonna be an awesome phone.

13. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If the s8 and s8+ is awesome, can't wait for the note 8, It's going to be great.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yeah, I agree. I like how Samsung is refining the design, and making what's already there more useful. I'm waiting for the Note and IPhone. This one actually doesn't interest me.

21. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I've always looked forward to the new Galaxy S series because it was a preview of what will be better on the Note series.

8. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I'll stick to pressing the home button. If u know android, it'll eventually close in the background.

9. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Drawing a gesture is more convenient than tapping the back or home button?

10. Ronan

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

iTàrds will say it's a gimmick until Apple does it.....

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Let them say whatever. Who cares?

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31599; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You obviously care, cause you stay on Apple articles dissing its users, and shoving Samsung down their throats. All you do is find a way to bring Apple into any article you're on. You're the last one, who should've posted "Who cares?". Your ass cares like you own Samsung.

12. mastamolvi unregistered

"I'tards" the best ever description. Lol

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

swipe down for notification shade please :v

17. androiduser

Posts: 514; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

That thing is ugly. I mean its so f**king tall yet thin.. I hate it. :( i wanma get it bur idk if I'll get used to it

18. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

It's gorgeous

19. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yuk... The most ridiculous looking over expensive piece of crap I've ever seen. If it wasn't for that amoled display no one will ever but this humungus dud.

22. pupkin

Posts: 150; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Looks good.

23. MattPerkins1

Posts: 94; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Meh. Its terrible.

25. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Seems that Samsung start to copying Chinese phones!

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

You mean those Chinese phones which have always been copying Sammy in the past?

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