Samsung could be adopting fingerprint scanning tech for future Galaxy models

Fingerprint scanners are one of those weird features that have been around forever, yet have never really found a way to catch on in the mainstream. There are some good reasons for that, as the tech itself is a bit of a paradox: it can feel like a paranoid, high-security burden, while at the same time can be quite trivial for a determined attacker to bypass. We’ve seen it on the odd phone like the Motorola Atrix 4G, but it’s really started finding itself in more and more headlines lately after rumors got started that the next iPhone might incorporate some kind of fingerprint-scanning system. Today, however, we’re looking at the Android landscape, with some new evidence arriving that suggests Samsung could be planning a fingerprint push of its own.

Those icons above were pulled from a leaked Galaxy S III ROM, apparently distributed before files like these could be cleaned up. While none of this means that Samsung actually intends to release a Galaxy model with a fingerprint scanner, we’d say this makes for a pretty compelling case that the manufacturer has at least been experimenting with the idea.

Certainly, if Apple does decide to put a fingerprint scanner on the new iPhone, we’re going to see a big surge in interest surrounding the tech. Is Samsung just keeping its bases covered, should Apple go down that path?


Source: SamMobile

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