Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ to use new "Intelligent Scan" to unlock the handsets? (VIDEO)
An APK teardown of the Settings app on the latest Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, has revealed some interesting information pertaining to Sammy's 2018 flagship handsets. It appears that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ will be equipped with a new feature called "Intelligent Scan." This reportedly is a combination of face and iris scanning, which will improve the security and accuracy of the system compared to using just one or the other. "Intelligent Scan" will also work in both low and very bright light, allowing users to unlock their Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ with a glance.
A video posted on YouTube by Maxwell Weinbach shows a quick 6-second animated look at how "Intelligent Scan" would work. It appears to be a simple and easy tool for unlocking a phone and verifying the identity of the user. "Intelligent Scan" will also work with any app that supports the new tool.
Strings of code discovered in the APK teardown contain keywords like smartscan, and even reveal the purpose of the new capability. For example, one string says "Unlock your phone using combined face and iris scanning." Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 each feature an iris scanner along with a fingerprint reader.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Samsung Galaxy S9+ are expected to be unveiled during the next Samsung Unpacked event to be held in Barcelona on February 25th. That happens to be the day before the MWC trade show opens.