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Smartphone fingerprint scanners – what else should they be used for?

0. phoneArena posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:18

The Touch ID fingerprint scanner is one of the many cool features built into the iPhone 5s. It can be used instead of a lock screen PIN, as well as a substitute for the user's iTunes password. And from the looks of it, Apple's smartphone surely won't be the last handset to offer the perk – HTC just announced its One Max phablet, and as expected, the handset is equipped with a fingerprint scanner on its back. Again, it can be set to replace one's lock screen pattern, or to launch the user's favorite apps. Yet strangely, that's pretty much all that the fingerprint scanners on these smartphones are used for, even though we can see them being useful in other scenarios as well...

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:23 7

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)

Its still a gimmick.
Lets wait for some innovative companies to upgrade it to its highest levels.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:54

14. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

Loved point 3, and LoL at point 5!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:08

15. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

So what this article is saying is that the this "feature" provides nothing that the phone didn't already have before in some other form, which may or may not have been easier to use. True seems like gimick feature.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 04:23

16. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

its not cool nor gimic it is something that we must ask to be removed from the phone othervise the phone snatchers will also cutoff our fingers along

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:24

2. makio9 (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

House Doors! Definitely homes

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:25

3. makio9 (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

I'll take the security risk, I'm as lazy as they come and I want to stick my hand out. Nothing more.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:25 3

4. chunky1x (Posts: 270; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)

My porn sites.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:31 8

5. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)

Finger print scanners on smartphones are old tech (Motorola Atrix). How bout making a phone with an iris (eye) scanner?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:55

7. Raihanpatel111 (unregistered)

Nice thought man.... But I think finger-print scanner is enough for smart phone....

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:12 2

8. taikucing (unregistered)

but apple always claim they are the first

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 09:09 1

11. bucky (Posts: 3111; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

Lol you guys are fighting amongst yourselves.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 06:52 1

6. eddyphone (Posts: 9; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)

well I am not thrilled by that feature, simple

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:09 1

13. andynaija (Posts: 968; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

What feature?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:34 1

9. SonyPS4 (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Fujitsu's Arrows Z ISW13F for Japan had this feature 1.5 years ago.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 07:54 2

10. DONUT (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

the first slide is very similar to LG's Guest Mode. however, considering how fingerprint scanners are easily "hacked" (granted not many ppl would go through the trouble), personally i think LG's Guest Mode is better

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 11:57 2

12. jad.boutary (Posts: 107; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

I like the switch off setting hope they will do it.. maybe i will ask some developers at xda to do it

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