Poll results: How do you feel about the onslaught of biometric sensors on our mobile devices?

Poll results: How do you feel about the onslaught of biometric sensors on our mobile devices?
We asked you last week whether you are enthusiastic, paranoid, or balanced when it comes to the biometric sensors that are popping up all over our smartphones these days. Things like fingerprint scanners come in mind, which are already on flagships from mobile juggernauts like Apple, Samsung and HTC, executed in a different manner, but carrying with the same secure identification goals. Samsung even throws in a heart rate monitor in its latest Galaxy S5, so apparently biometry on our mobile devices is here to stay in various shapes and sizes.

A large portion of our 1174 respondents, 36%, don't ever want to hear about it, in light of the NSA snooping scandals, and the constant efforts for hacking into our personal digital info from all sides, public and private. The largest single category of respondents, however, 42%, don't mind a little finger scan or heart rate record thrown in here and there, as long as it is done in a safe manner that brings added convenience for the user. Only about a fifth of you, 21.55%, are very enthusiastic about biometry as the wave of the future, which is primed to replace passwords, PINs, patterns, and so on. Thus, if the companies think long and hard how to make the sensors value-adding and convenient, and at the same time block unauthorized access to our biometry data, people are willing to give this trend the benefit of the doubt.

How do you feel about the onslaught of biometric sensors on our mobile devices?

Are you kidding? Passwords are dying, I've been waiting for biometric identification since my first sci-fi movie!
21.55%
I might use biometrics, if they are convenient and secure
42.25%
No, thanks, I don't want some enterprising hackers or the NSA to obtain my prints, iris or health metrics
36.2%

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11 Comments

1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Till there are REAL uses of a fingerprint scanner, they will remain a gimmick.

3. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You mean until nokia uses then on their phones they are gimmicks right.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why am I not surprised to see you bring up Nokia on this article?

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

They are a gimmick regardless.

4. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

There are real uses for fingerprint scanners, like as a signature to buy products and a password replacement for website logins etc. I don't know if the technology is ripe enough to truly be secure yet (accuracy issues with the readers?), but stilI think paypal is the first to implement this if I'm not mistaken. I think the technology is still a bit away, but I believe a blood pressure monitor would be quite useful. I recently read of a new technology that could make this a reality if it is reliable, although I have forgot the exact technology behind it.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, Also I want a similar finger print reader to the 5S (not a swipe one like the S5), but I don't want huge bezels like the 5S, so I want them to wait until the technology improves and becomes smaller

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I have the S5 and the bezels aren't bad at all.. Fingerprint scanner works 9/10 times which is a job well done in my book.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea I agree, but the S5's fingerprint only works with vertical swipes, which means it far less convenient and hard to use with one hand I like how with the 5S's, you can simply place your finger anywhere on the sensor

11. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

He said the 5S has bad bezels, not the S5.

2. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It's nice actually .. I really love how smartphones are evolving into not only "phones" and this is just the beginning we all know that ..

5. Branson28

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

With the privacy issue of recent times I would prefer not. I'm into sci-fi movie and couldn't care less about biometric whatnot. Fingerprint scanners and heart rate monitors are overrated and really just unnecessary. There's so much more they could have fixed on the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S5 rather than add a gimmick like fingerprint scanning.

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