“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.