Reuters: Samsung to launch one, “even two,” smartphones with fingerprint sensors in 2014

December 5, 2013
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Swedish company Fingerprint Cards sees multiple mobile players launch smartphones with fingerprint sensors next year, with Samsung believed to make at least one such device, “even two.”

Following Apple’s recently launched iPhone 5S, which features a fingerprint sensor in the Home button, a first in an iOS device, more smartphone makers are expected to include such features in their upcoming devices.

According to the company, which was once on Apple’s buy list – Apple eventually purchased AuthenTec for its fingerprint scanning technology – companies including Samsung, LG and Huawei will include fingerprint scanners in future devices:

“I think at least seven or eight [companies] will launch a phone with a touch sensor in 2014,” Johan Carlstrom, Fingerprint’s Chief Executive Officer, told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday.

Fingerprint hopes to ink deals with the majority of these companies. The company already has deals in place with Fujitsu, Pantech and Konka, and has recently announced new fingerprint sensors for Android and Windows decices.

Carlstrom did not provide additional details about what kind of Samsung devices would come with built-in fingerprint scanners – we would assume that the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 would be among the candidates that would be considered for such a feature. However, we’ll also remind you that in late September Samsung said it won’t follow Apple and bring fingerprint features to mobile devices.

Interestingly, Fingerprint Cards was involved in PR snafu a few months ago, when a fake press release claimed Samsung purchased the company for $650. Swedish authorities are investigating the matter.

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