Don’t expect a fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S5

Don’t expect a fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S5Depending 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.

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4 comments

mightyforest  Sep. 26, 2013 at 17:48

seriously no one wants a finger print scanner, iphone had to have some gimmick just like siri last time

arb  Sep. 27, 2013 at 09:19

I agree, this feature seems pointless. Something else to consider, I can tell my wife my swipe password and she can turn off annoying alarms that might be going off etc. You cant tell anyone else your fingerprint. Some would see that as a positive but I wouldn't

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 27, 2013 at 14:33

seriously no one wants a finger print scanner, iphone had to have some gimmick just like siri last time
Actually, it's a relatively convenient security feature for people who don't want to put a passcode in every time they unlock their phone.

Also, I would like a finger print scanner, so your first statement is entirely untrue. Just because you don't want something, doesn't mean the Earth's other 7 billion inhabitants agree with you.

mightyforest  Sep. 27, 2013 at 19:41

yea i saw all iphone 5 users crying out for a finger print scanner, really i did

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