Samsung Galaxy Note 3 fingerprint sensor hinted from a list of leaked APKs

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 fingerprint sensor hinted from a list of leaked APKs

Prolific tipster @evleaks has tweeted a full list of the APK files that are allegedly contained within the software that is set to come running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Battling on through the truly dizzying amount of apps that come pre-installed on Sammy's TouchWiz spin on Android, we come across a most interesting, albeit mystifying FingerprintService.apk that once again opens the door on a world of possibilities. Keep in mind, however, that the latest leaks have been consistently suggesting that a fingerprint scanner will fail to make a showing once the Galaxy Note 3 is released. So while unlikely that we'll get to play with this, this could be a clear indication that the South Korean behemoth is gearing up for the next push.

Fingerprint sensors surely aren't something breathtakingly new – some smartphones, like the Motorola ATRIX 4G, have had one as far back as 2011. Chief among the reasons for the quick discontinuation of the tech, however, has mainly had to do with the poor longevity of the CMOS-based sensors found in most such devices. What's more, quality, long-lasting scanners have been cited as both expensive and bulky, a cost most manufacturer would rather forgo, especially since it doesn't feed enough value back.

This trend now seems to be reversing, as Apple is said to be rushing to market the next generation of fingerprint scanners, relying on a sapphire glass cover to provide shelter from the many swipes these sensors will be forced to live through.

So why the change of heart? Naturally, this is only a guess (a common one, at that), but it does seem likely that it has a lot to do with the extremely hot topic of security, especially now that our smartphones are carrying more sensitive information than ever before. Moreover, with the big players wanting a fat piece of the lucrative eCommerce market of apps/books/movies sales, along with the push that promises to turn mobile payments into commonplace, it certainly makes a lot of business sense to that fingerprint scanners have entered the daily agenda.

source: @evleaks

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Galaxy Note 3
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Caocao

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

That awkward moment when Samsung releases the finger-print enabled beast before Apple releases theirs. Sue that, son..

4. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol That is funny. I just can't wait anymore. I REALLY just want to see the Samsung Galaxy Note III in all its glory. So far I like the look of this leak best. Let's hope this is what they release. I want to see the white one also. +1

31. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I totally agree. Once the Note 3 has been revealed, IM going to count down the days until I trade in my S3 at Best Buy to upgrade to the Note 3 in december. I agree with you when you said that "see the Samsung Galaxy Note III in all its glory." The good thing about being in the US is that we may get to see it as soon as 9am tomorrow since its in Berlin Id assume that its going to be another $300 on-contract phone for AT&T, Verizon, Tmobile, and Sprint

39. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The T6 has been gauging my interest. Don't you have a DNA right now?

40. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes I have the HTC Droid DNA. Love that phone. Mine is rooted & running stock Android 4.3. I just want to see all the phones so I can make my choice. My 3 that I am looking at are the Sony Xperia Z1, The HTC One Max, & the Samsung Galaxy Note III.

42. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah same here. I've had both notes 1 and 2. I think I'm going to make my way toward the HTC Max or Z1. I'm also excited about the new Nexus 5. I'm hoping it's screen size is based on the G2. a 5 inch nexus....droooools*****.

14. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i didn't think the finger print scanner was necessary for the iPhone and I don't' for the Note. Seems more like a gimick than anything else.

25. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

The Motorola Atrix was one of the first devices to have this and it didn't make much of difference in it's sales. Another gimmick in my opinion.

23. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

ANT+ enabled!!!!!! Holy s**t SAMSUNG is going to add ANT+ conectivity - next to Btooth4 LE, you can guys use it with your GARMIN sporty things!!! there is ANTPlusPlugins.apk and AntRadioService.apk I personally ditched SONY for STOP suporting ANT+ from 2011 devices, and now noone asked for it and there it is!!! Samsung will probably make this happen. Pitty that not in S4...another reason to go back to NOTE.

2. Tazer2365

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I see Samsung is trying to pull the trigger before Apple does on fingerprint scanner. I have a feeling Apple will succeed more than Samsung.

9. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

A feeling that is based on nothing? Based on iOS6 you can't say "it just works".

33. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Both are going to sell a ton of phones, regardless of a fingerprint scanner or not.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Sammy is bringing almost everything to the beast. Let's see just a day to go.

5. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Perhaps Samsung just put it there so Apple could not patent "finger" or "print" or some crap like that. Stupid Apple.

21. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Maybe because Apple already owns these said patents when they acquired AuthenTec?

6. Haridenberg

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Competition, competition! Decisions, decisions!

7. kingdtg

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

OMG! its iPhone Killer...

30. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Nah, it's not making into the final device. Sammy's leaving all kinds of stuff in their final SW indicating what was tested in prototype state, happened before with other tech.

41. nxl2610

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

The year is 2013...just so you know...

8. power_x

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Everybody is putting a fingerprint scanner iPhone 5S HTC One Max and now the Note 3 ???

18. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

NSA's gonna love this

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Next thing we here they will copy your finger prints send info to the NSA. I enjoy it on My Atrix 4g. WishmMotorola could of purchase the company before apple did. Next thing we hear Apple say we innovate the finger sensor n their fans go wild for it which already been done.

11. Kirito_YH

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

I Wanna port it to GS3 :v

28. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

one does not simply port finger scanner to another phone -_-

12. bparkerson unregistered

Fingerprint scanner would be nice, yes. But what I'm a little disappointed in not seeing is an IR Blaster APK. Am I missing something or does it look like we may not see this feature on the Note 3. I would have thought it be a given due to the S4 and Note 8 having an IR Blaster.

16. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I agree.. I would MUCH rather have an IR blaster than a finger print scanner.

20. ianbbaa

Posts: 332; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

PEEL.apk is there....this app handles IR blaster.

36. bparkerson unregistered

That's what I was hoping to hear from someone that knew! Thanks ianbba! You made my day!!!

13. bootroot

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Holly sh*t ! GREAT news if it has fingerprint! Note 3 seems to be the (my) perfect new best! @bparkerson : Ir blaster need to be there cause all new android have this

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Gee Samsung isn't copying apple at all.

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