You can have fingerprint security on any Android smartphone – here's how

You can have fingerprint security on any Android smartphone – here's how
Ah, biometric locking. Made famous by iPhone 5s and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor, a lot of manufacturers add this type of security to their top-class smartphones nowadays, and users have even come to expect it. Still, there are a few flagships out there that lack the feature, not to mention that there are countless other smartphones, which are not in the top-tier level, and don't have a sensor.

Of course, you can always expect an Android app developer to try and bring interesting features to more people – even if there are hardware limitations. And yes, there is already an app that will scan your fingerprint and let you lock specific apps with it. The software is still in development and actual phone lock / unlock is listed as “coming soon”. For now, you can use it to secure some of your sensitive apps. Let's see how all that works!


There you go, folks. It's not the fastest working fingerprint scanner, but it's fun to toy around with, and you can use it to lock a sensitive app, which you open rarely.

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19 Comments

1. iMichael unregistered

Touch ID > this crap

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Praise the lord, TimCook is back with even lower IQ.

12. TBomb

Posts: 1392; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Get a Touch ID to work on any iphone before the 5S and let me know how it works. This is for phones that don't have it built in.... humans don't have wings to fly so we built airplanes as a work around. Some phones dont have built in fingerprint scanners so we built an app to work around that.

2. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

So in other words this is a downloadable version of the GS5 fingerprint scanner.

3. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

If not coded properly(as this is still work in progress), this could kick out the users sensitive content to oblivion.

4. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Using the Android Marshmallow native finger print support would have made the usage and implementation cleaner. May be I should start developing the App. Thanks for igniting the idea Phonearena!

8. iMichael unregistered

Not get any ideas friend. Oh wait, the whole fingerprint idea was from Apple!

9. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Some people really need to get their heads out of their ass....Motorola had a fingerprint scanner on the Motorola Atrix 4G way before Apple. Guess what Apple bought the company that developed the fingerprint scanner that Motorola used on the Atrix 4G...and if memory serves me correctly another company used a fingerprint scanner on a mobile/portable device before Motorola.

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Yeah it was one of Toshiba's Windows Mobile phones iirc

21. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The history is not going to record Icarus as the inventor of the plane but Wright brothers. The same goes for fingerprint scanner: nobody will record some scanner that was a pain to operate.

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Why are you comparing a legend with real life? Its not like Wright flight was so successful in the first place. What came first will always be first if it works ofc and last time I checked Atrix fingerprint sensor worked great for its time.

13. Azonx8472

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

Another iShill

14. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

First finger print scanner made : about year 2000. First usage of the finger print scanner on cellphone : 2011 So Imichael shut the **** up.

17. ullokey

Posts: 177; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

I-diot!!!

5. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

I have used this app . Not bad .

6. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

This app doesn't work

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2193; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It does work but it is very slow

18. drtrigsman

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Any security guy knows that passwords aren't secure, AND neither are biometrics. Worse yet, once someone finds their way to your fingerprint, it's forever. It won't be long. And today, it's just as easy to grab the token either way. Biometrics are a temporary band-aid.

20. nodes

Posts: 1158; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

the title should be, "You can send your fingerprint to 3rd party developers on any Android smartphone".

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