The LG G5's rumored iris scanner security makes fingerprint reading sound so 2015

The LG G5's rumored iris scanner security makes fingerprint reading sound so 2015
The latest reports on LG's doings suggests you should keep your eyes wide open for next year's LG G5, as the Koreans' next hero phone will most likely come with iris scanning security! Reportedly, LG has been working with Korean-based biometrics firm Irience to integrate iris recognition technology in the G5, which is scheduled for 2016's first half. It is said that Irience has already completed work on the hardware module which will go into the smartphone, and is now polishing its algorithms to increase the recognition range from 12in (30cm) to a cool 20in (50cm).

LG has adopted differentiating its smartphones' design and functionality as its own tactic of competing, and it has been showing throughout its G-series line-up for the past three years. Back panel button placements and reduced screen bezels adorned the LG G2 & LG G3. The LG G4 eschewed the prevailing metal and glass design tendency for the organic touch of genuine leather. And now, it looks like the LG G5 will sidestep the competition's fingerprint recognition security with a futuristic-sounding iris scanner.

Beyond doubt, eye scanning is more secure than fingerprint reading, which already offers a very strong level of protection. The big elephant in the room is the implementation, or whether eye authentication could work at least as seamlessly as Apple and Samsung's technology across complicated usage scenarios. Imagine fumbling around with your phone's iris scanner to authorize a payment in a crowded line at the supermarket, busy and in less than stellar lighting conditions. Not a very enthusiastic proposition, is it? These are the kind of challenges that Irience and LG must be hard at work tackling as we speak.

Then again, iris scanning isn't exactly new for smartphone makers. Apple and Samsung have been working to bring the technology to a consumer-ready state for a number of years, while Asian manufacturers, such as ZTE and Fujitsu, have already made their low-key debuts in the field. There's plenty of expertise to draw upon, and the possible fact that LG — a significant and reputable smartphone maker — is considering iris scanning as a technological highlight for its next flagship product certainly makes for optimistic expectations. What do you think?

source: WhoWiredWho via G For Games



25. chenski

Posts: 791; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Knock code more than good enough, they should bloody work on extending the battery

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Till it ruins someone's eye, and they sue the crap outta LG.

16. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

and the wise companies like Samsung and Apple choose a better alternative , push based fingerprints are the future , even google is probably going that route with Android M. iris scanner sounds good but , I feel it will fall flat on it's face. Intel is also trying to push this real sense iris scanner tech with windows 10 but in the end I feel fingerprint sensors will win. it's more trust worthy.

12. rsiders

Posts: 2058; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Way too soon. We haven't even got our hands on the G4 yet.

11. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

With iris technology that can already identify you from 40 feet away, we should expect the government has "our irises" already and therefore it's not a safe technology for authenticating to mobile devices or services. At least fingerprints (especially ultrasonic 3D ones) are a little harder to collect from online photos or from everywhere you've been. Faces/irises should be much easier to collect from online photos and public/airport cameras.

13. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Just read the article I don't think that these things are being collected, but I do think that these scanners are gimmicks.

14. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Also Iris scanners use IR + visible light.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Ye I remember the S5 with fingerprint scanner that worked horribly. Now LG is going for iris? I can only imagine the horror stories of it not working.

5. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

Iris scanner is a horrible idea. With bank cards and credit cards being accessible via smartphones, you can expect your future to look something like Demolition Man. Personally the through of thieves stealing my eyeball to access my accounts is a real turnoff.

8. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

When iris scanning comes around, I cannot NOT think about that scene ;) Cheers!

9. Feanor

Posts: 1448; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Haha! Well, the safety net here is that the thieves will not know necessarily that you use your iris scanner to secure your device. You may just use the old fashioned password. Of course then the horror would be if the thieves remove your eyeball, and after realising they don't need it, they just tickle you under the armpits to make you cough out the password. :-)))

20. FluffyBled unregistered

Thank you for the picture :P ... anyway I think it's absurd to put your phone near your eye to unlock it ... fingerprint scanner is better IMO! (unless it works from a certain distance)

22. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

I'm just curious to find out how will it work in a dark place, clubs etc. And especially for people who wear glasses or even sunglasses.


Hell yeah, innovations or improvements are always welcome. But they should not use it if it affects battery life or slows down the device. But its really great to see their hard works.

3. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

f**k this s**t i need a better real life performance and excellent battery life not gimmicky s**t how hard it is to understand what customers really need !!!!!

10. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I know right! What data do u have in ur phone that is so secretive that normal pattern or password is not enough to protect it, that u need an iris scanner or a fingerprint one to protect it!! More powerfull processor, detailed software, denser batteries, unbreakable glass, these should be the top priorities. Also it will be ok if companies take a year and a half to announce their flagships. One year is passing way too fast!

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thats called marketing over real life day to day usage... they just want to sell n sell to churn out maximum profits. Look at apple for example, what they are doing? churning out huge profits. Same is true for others, everyone want huge profits even if it comes at the cost of adding gimmicks


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

these gimmicky features help them stand out. like it or not, it is true. look at Sony, while their formula isn't perfect, they do give what "consumers need". long battery life, (pretty good) durability, a pretty smooth UI etc, but look where their mobile division is headed.

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31797; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Instead of a stupid rant like that, how about you just not purchase it.

1. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

S5 was rumored to come with iris scanner.. Now g5??? Hi-five!!!

7. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Lumia 940 will probably have it before both

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

waiting for 940... windows 10 sounds promising

19. waddup121 unregistered


21. QWERTYslider unregistered

Too little. Too late. The G4 should have launched with a finger or iris scanner.

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