Depending on your point of view, the much-discussed iPhone 5S fingerprint scanner might be "the coolest thing you've seen on a phone in a very long time" (Matt), or just “plain stupid” (Chaos Computer Club).
With Apple adopting the technology, the obvious question is: What about Samsung? Well, according to whispers from out east, we shouldn’t expect a fingerprint scanner on a Galaxy smartphone any time soon.
That’s the story over on The Korea Herald (no translation machine required), which quotes an unnamed “Samsung official”.
The guy (or gal) yells: “We never officially admitted that Samsung was weighing the fingerprint system and Knox for Galaxy Note 3 for security functions. We are not yet developing the technology.”
While Apple acquired Authentec last year (all but confirming that a fingerprint scanner was in the works), Samsung would – in theory – be reliant upon Crucialtec, said to be the only Korean company specialising in fingerprint scanners for smartphones.
Woori Investment & Securities analyst Kim Hye-yong screams: “Samsung has to rely on the company for fingerprint functions, but its technology level is still behind Authentec in terms of patents and solutions. It will take a year more for the company to supply stable technology.”
Ah well, Samsung fans who secretly like the look of the iPhone 5S will have to make do with the gold Galaxy S4.