Samsung patent application reveals fingerprint swipe shortcuts coming to its future phones
posted by Luis D. / Oct 27, 2016, 6:54 PM
It looks like fingerprint gestures aren't hot just for Google, which built a fingerprint notification swipe inside the Pixel phones. Apparently, Samsung is working on such an implementation of its own, as these patent applications reveal.
The patent drawings describe a fingerprint scanner sensitive to swipe gestures. Swiping up opens the browser, swiping left calls the contact list, and swiping right opens up the message app. It's a simple, but convenient bit of functionality that's bound to make it into Samsung's future smartphones.
The patent application was submitted a year and a half ago, which means there's a good chance that the technology is ready to ship – especially since Google and Huawei already have phones that do something similar with their fingerprint scanners. Perhaps the Galaxy S8 and its rumored optical fingerprint sensor will be the first to introduce the technology.
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On a galaxy s3?! Fake..
posted on Oct 27, 2016, 7:02 PM 1
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These types of patents shouldn't exist. Also i can dig it.
posted on Oct 27, 2016, 7:58 PM 0
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Why not implement shortcut base on each finger. e.g Thumb = Message, index = contacts
posted on Oct 27, 2016, 8:12 PM 1
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As stated, google has already implemented this with the Pixel, so, why is a patent still granted? The patent system really needs reformation. Hopefully Samsung won't ever use it to hypocritically sue anyone...
posted on Oct 27, 2016, 9:41 PM 0
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read again... "The patent application was submitted a year and a half ago" I guess they cant sue them, since their device is already released before samsung's patent granted.. or because Pixel use different patent..
posted on Oct 27, 2016, 10:47 PM 1
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