Samsung to knockoff Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner on Galaxy S5, sources say

“Samsung’s next flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, will have a fingerprint scanner on its home button, according to SamMobile,” Sam Mattera reports for The Motley Fool. “Although a Samsung executive had teased a retina scanner as an alternative biometric that could leapfrog Apple’s technology, it looks as if Samsung will, once again, be following Cupertino’s lead.”

“While there are several takeaways here — Apple remains a leader in hardware innovation; Samsung displays an ability to rapidly replicate any advancement Apple makes — the biggest winner could be Google, as it continues to push its mobile payment initiative Google Wallet,” Mattera writes. “It’s possible that Samsung may be able to offer something better, but I wouldn’t count on it. The motion controls and eye-tracking technology Samsung built into its previous Galaxy handsets are at best unreliable.”

“Apple’s Touch ID is, by itself, an interesting feature, but most analysts believe it’s only laying the groundwork for a push into mobile payments,” Mattera writes. “With millions of credit cards attached to iTunes accounts, and millions of iPhones in the pockets of consumers, Apple has the building blocks in place for a mobile payment solution. At some distant future date, iPhones could come to replace their owners’ wallets.”

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“The sensor itself works in a swipe manner, which means that you would need to swipe the entire pad of your finger, from base to tip, across the home key to register your fingerprint properly,” SamMobile reports. “Also, you would need to keep your finger flat against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognise your fingerprint. The fingerprint sensor is sensitive to moisture, as well… the Galaxy S5 will show real-time image of your fingerprint on the display as you swipe your finger over the sensor.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yet another pale imitation of Apple from convicted patent infringer Samsung.


  1. Probably the only method they could use to keep from getting hammered by Apple over infringement again.

    Doesn’t sound like it could work well. Too many specifications on the user to get it right.

  2. With today’s standard of the judges who will deal with patents disputes, Samsung will definitely be the all te winner. Who will want to innovate like Apple and Dyson etc. Anyway, thanks to Google the ad agency who sell lies in the name of open source spirit.

      1. It’s very true as far as cheap phones are concerned. China however has bad reputation regarding quality standard but Korean brands somehow really have been doing good in this regard. And with Google aiding Samsung and a few other less competent products partners to do against Apple, the picture now becomes quite unfair. Google is smart in this fight. They stay behind the front line and let this nation-like Korean brand rip off Apple’s hard earned technologies. And on the other hands keep rolling out premature tech concepts in the name of open source and open ideas. I read their mind and I don’t like it.

  3. What CRAP! I had the older Samsung S2 and that had screen finger print scanner 2 plus years ago. HP laptaops have had it for donkeys years. Apples scanner technology is rated among the worst available, Samsungs is said to be fool proof and super quick and 99.7% accurate. Oh I guess Apple will try and claim eye scanning technology as theirs too.

  4. The Atrix 4g Motorola Android phone had a fingerprint scanner in 2011, long before Apple so Apple is not first. It could be used to unlock the phone and integrate with the OS. Samsung are not copying Apple, as Apple are already copying the Atrix. The are very few new features these days, most existed in one form or another before. For example, swipe to unlock was a feature on the Neonode n1 in 2003, long before Apple had anything to swipe to unlock. The Neonode was one f the main reasons the patent failed to be awarded to Apple in some countries. Like I said, no new ideas.

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