By Stephen Schenck | January 21, 2014 1:13 PM
What does the future hold for fingerprint scanners on smartphones? While we had once dismissed the technology as impractical, flawed, or just a relic of the past, last year’s iPhone 5S really brought it back into the spotlight in a major way. A number of other OEMs have jumped on the bandwagon, though none have really been able to recapture Apple’s success. As far as models from major manufacturers go, the HTC One Max is the only one that really stands out, and even there the implementation left a lot to be desired; had this fingerprint reinsurance fizzled before it really had a chance to take off? Well, we continue to hear rumors that it could return on high-profile phones like the Galaxy S 5, and today a report out of South Korea claims that LG is about to double-down on the technology for itself.
Supposedly, LG is invested in bringing fingerprint scanners to its 2014 flagships, after it wasn’t able to do the same thing with last year’s G2. That would mean a fingerprint scanner on the G Pro 2, expected to make an appearance at the MWC in February, as well as one on the G3 (a rumor we’ve heard before), which rumors have claimed could launch as soon as mid-May.
From its dalliance with rear-mounted buttons, we know that LG is open to experimenting with what can be placed on our phones’ backs, but does that mean that a fingerprint scanner would follow suit? One of our biggest problems with the One Max’s scanner was its placement, so if LG really is moving forward with this, we hope the company thinks long and hard about the most appropriate place to locate a scanner – and that may just mean finding a spot for it on the phone’s face.