Samsung brought fingerprint scanners to its smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy S5, and in the time that’s followed we’ve seen the tech expand to come to other Samsung phones, as well as the company’s tablet lineup. With the Note 4 expected to launch next week, we’ve all been assuming that fingerprint scanning would make a return, and now a new rumor attempts to spell-out just what about Samsung’s implementation might be changing, and what could be staying the same.
Reportedly, the Note 4 will use a Synaptics Natural ID sensor, just like previous Samsung devices. And like those others, the Note 4 would split its scanning hardware between the physical home button and sensors embedded in the display immediately above.
On the software side, the Note 4 should be keeping all the GS5′s fingerprint tricks, while picking up a few of its own. Those include “Fingerprint Shortcuts,” a system to launch apps based on the finger you swipe, just like we’ve seen before on devices like the HTC One Max. This should even work right from the lock screen, giving you a shortcut to accessing key apps.
We also hear about a browser-based password management system, letting you tie website credentials to your fingerprint – enter them once, and then you can lag back in with just a swipe of your finger.
It’s no certainty, but we may also see these features come to the GS5 (and other Samsung hardware with fingerprint support) by way of a future software update.