Iris scanner technology shelved: Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 might come with fingerprint sensors instead

Iris scanner technology shelved: Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G3 might come with fingerprint sensors instead
The Samsung Galaxy S5 rumors craze has officially begun. We’re just a couple of months away from the big Galaxy S5 unveiling that is expected happen by the end of April, and all kinds of sources take their turn spinning the rumor mill. 

The latest rumor claims that the earlier talked about iris scanner won’t make it on the Galaxy S5, and instead, Samsung will equip its new flagship with a fingerprint sensor. The whisper comes from an ‘industry source’ speaking for the usually reliable Korea Herald.

“Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication rather than unintuitive user experience of iris recognition,” said the industry source who remained private. “Who would want to put their handset up close to their eyes for authentication in places like movie theaters and bed, or even while they are driving?”

Iris recognition is a feature that sounds cool on paper, but is very hard to implement, and plain impractical in many situations (imagine having to do an iris scan to unlock your phone while driving!).

Interestingly, this rumor has it that Samsung is working on integrating the fingerprint sensor under the display itself. This would allow users to scan fingerprints directly on the screen, and not on a dedicated button. The approach is different from what Apple uses in its iPhone 5s, where the fingerprint reader is hidden beneath the home key.

LG is allegedly also working on including a fingerprint sensor in its forthcoming G3 flagship smartphone. If true, this all marks a very clear trend in the Android world to follow suit with Apple’s decision in favor of including a fingerprint reader. We've previously heard from Samsung’s own Lee Young-hee that while the Korean company is working on implementing iris scanning technology, it is not something that’s set in stone to arrive in a smartphone.

Finally, there are also definite technology limitations for iris scan technology:

“In order to enable iris recognition on a smartphone, an extra camera designed specifically for the identification technology should be installed, which will make the smartphone bigger since there will be three camera modules,” a market source explained. “And since iris recognition requires a long range camera, the smartphone, if fitted with the camera, needs a completely different design from previous models.”

source: Korea Herald

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37 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung do the fingerprint, but please don't put it into the home screen. Apples waiting for that one, don't do it.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oops home button, my bad.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Samsung: "I don't give a s**t about Apple, I can do whatever I want, if Apple want to sue me let it be then." ;)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Trust me dude multi billion dollar companies don't think that way. Lol my evil clone DarkJedi thinks that way.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

As far as we know, Samsung is not afraid of Apple at all, because they're frienemies for many years now. So, Samsung can do whatever they want, so is Apple. Anyway, I don't know where Samsung will put the fingerprint sensor on the S5 but I think LG will put the fingerprint sensor on the back of the G3 since LG is focusing on placing back buttons on their flagship. Oh, and is the person behind the clone Darkjedi the same as the old TROLL?

12. kylehudsons

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

I trust you... But from what I am seeing... Samsung is not a multi billion dollar company at all... As a matter of fact it is more like a multi trillion dollar company.... Since it owns about half of everything here in South Korea.... Yes, I mean everything from cinema, department store, theme parks, they even have Samsung cars for God's sake...

13. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

How about a Samsung toilet?

16. aaron12345

Posts: 15; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Maybe the Samsung Galaxy S-Bend?

21. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Yeah I'm about to go to the bathroom and take a wicked Samsung!

38. dudeyoureabarista

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

The 'S' in S. Korea actually stands for "Samsung" Korea not "South" Korea. ;-)

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ok and???

37. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

by the way sir. samsung also creates a machines for contructions like bulldozer, also they had a very huge cargo ships as well. thats why i believe that samsung is a very huge company.

26. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

haha :)

19. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I also think it would come on the home button.

20. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

The article says it will be UNDER the DISPLAY... Not under the "Home Button". But Samsung "Talks a lot, when the day is long"... They should drop the Iris recognition system and instead worry about OIS so people can take better pictures, IMO.

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Fingerprint sensor on the screen would be awesome if they manage to do so....

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's been done, instead of on the screen meaning software. How about in the screen, meaning slick cool hardware.

15. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Yeah they can implement the same to get that innovation tag back...

33. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Sorry, Apple already has a patent for that. Sammy would not spend that type of money anyway. They hardly want to make the phone metal.

3. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The lovely period of all geeks is going to be started soon. Great phones are coming ^_^

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

I've already heard the rumors go back & forth between iris scanner & fingerprint scanner multiple times now. So what you are REALLY saying is, no one really knows right now. Yup. That sounds about right. Perhaps it's time to stop speculating. This has gotten old. There was an article about how it's going to be an iris scanner just 3 hours ago.

7. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Smartphone now make us to ride bugati although we just need a simple van

24. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

so would you rather everyone just stop innovating and give simple plain devices....

27. elocom

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agree

10. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

I think that this is bad journalism. One week it's a metal body and eye scanner. Then the next week it's back to a plastic body and finger print scanner. Who is the source of these leaks, Sally's $5 fortune telling service down the block from you guys? It's getting just as bad as iPhone rumors.

18. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Samsung.

32. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

3 hours before this article it was "Galaxy S5 to ship with state-of-the-art iris scanner" They might as well make one article saying "S5 may or may not have a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, a 5.25" display, a QHD display or an FHD display, it might also have a metal body" and repost it every twelve hours.

14. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

“Who would want to put their handset up close to their eyes for authentication in places like movie theaters and bed, or even while they are driving?” Finally someone uses some logic while talking about tech.

17. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

I find it hard to believe a story that a certain hardware will be shelved at the last minute when they should now be starting mass production.

23. Lboogey6

Posts: 281; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

It was never confirmed so it's quite possible they were testing it at one point and scrapped it a while ago or both at the same time. I'd also like to point out it isn't Android following the trend of apple when Android had it prior To apple

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