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.

source: XDA

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2. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Wait a minute....when the heck was there an Oreo beta program for the Note8, and how the heck did I miss any news about it when I read several tech sites daily?

19. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Because there never was one. Oreo beta rom was leaked for note 8 sometime ago

69. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

There are both Oreo beta for S8/S8+/Note 8 dude.

73. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Intelligent scan, or "Scanning for Intelligence" in which case iPhone users need not apply..hahahahaha

5. Jrod99

Posts: 776; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Interesting concept for sure. This should add some extra security to an already secure iris scanner.

20. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2270; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What’s funny with Samsung is that they go with all this trial and error technology. What happened to their iris scanner technology. A bust! Apple does it one time with FaceID and they got it right!

22. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Iris scanning would still be here just iterated on??? Face ID is done right when it's insecure? Common sense is lost I guess...

30. skips

Posts: 488; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

yes they got it right so right that the twins and sometimes even relatives can unlock owners dang phones. ding ding ding, 5 points for apple.

55. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Didn't even bother to read the article did you? What happened to iris scanning is its more secure than Face ID, the true trial and (often) error tech. Which is why it's being used in this new way here. If a system that can be fooled by masks, relatives and people of the same ethnic background, and is hit or miss for the actual owner is getting it right, then you have low expectations.

66. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Intelligent scan is much better and more secure than face ID

67. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That’s the very good thing about Samsung. They take risks and bring new things.

68. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

When? Wireless charging like LG G3? Iris scanner like Lumia 950? Desktop mode like Lumia 950 and HP Elite X3? Glass body like iphone 4? IP 68 like Z3? 52mm 2x optical zoom like iphone 7+? Except the HDR screen ( note 7) there is nothing new lately. At least useful.

70. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Off the top of my head OLED, flexible OLED, UFS 2.0,, phablets sized phones, S- pen.

74. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

What about all of them plus more on one single mainstream device.

71. aroutis

Posts: 38; Member since: May 05, 2015

Since when is Iris scan a bust? If nothing else Face-ID has been quite the bust.

25. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Gimmick . FPS is the best. Face ID is good too

31. skips

Posts: 488; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

Aren't fingerprint sensors enough for us? If anything, I'd be even happeir to see companies developing even faster FPS incorporated under the display. That would be just fine. Just fine !

56. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

FPS under the display is the dream, but having alternatives is good, too.

65. skips

Posts: 488; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

true, it is just that i always endup seeing alternatives being slower, less secure, etc. if they are so persistent on not wanting to place the FPS on back or wherever.. they just could... place it under the display... its probably just me so i should let it go.

72. LiveFaith

Posts: 492; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

FaceID is only a "thing" because Apple's marketing machine decided to church out the hype. It's an OK minor feature. But because they make a giant deal out of their "exclusive", then the sheep jump straight on board, the paid tech media fawns over it and makes it the "narrative" of the season, and the other companies scramble to follow the money. Sad really.

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