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

by: Chris SmithDecember 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.

  • dodz

    it would be nice if the fingerprint sensor is integrated to the screen, i mean they are going to put a screen with 560dpi right? thats what fingerprint sensors have also. imagine, just swipe up with your thumb and it unlocks, no more hassles of pressing buttons of 2 handed use.

    • Tom Mcbigglesworth

      I think this is a great idea. Phones will change over the years to 5-6 inch bezel-less interfaces, so this would a natural way to include this kind of technology.

    • Aniruddh

      That’s a great idea. For all we know, that may be the reason Samsung is using 560dpi screens in the first place!

    • Shark Bait

      That would rock, I think other than apples that’s the only way to do it right. On screen would be loooaadds better though

    • hardday

      Good idea,
      As long as my fingerprint is not sent every time I click a link in browser :)

      It’s the same idea as avoiding to left fingerprint on crime scene, err, porn scene :P

    • birthoftheogs

      I think Apple patented this idea recently.

  • Ben Edwards

    Unless they find a better way to implement it than Apple have, I really don’t see the point of this. It’s gimmicky as hell and offers no real innovation.

    • Bryan Z

      But it’s samsung, they add a bunch of useless features all the time i guess hoping one of them would add some actual solid value to their users.

  • Balraj

    Behind the back is a bad idea…
    Apple home button was idea choice…
    Android on screen itself :-P

  • MadCowOnAStick

    nuu go with retinal scanning xD

  • R_Fact

    Do they have to copy everything Apple does?

    • John

      Apple’s not the first one to implement a fingerprint scanner on a phone, and they bought the fingerprint sensor technology through Authentec. Not really tech savvy and making rash statements, huh?

      • R_Fact

        They are not the first. I happen to own the Atrix. I assume Apple did it right, and surprise surprise, Samsung will copy it. I have always thought Apple’s patenting a rectangle with a button to be ludicrous, but now I am starting to feel for them. I mean, Samsung did copy the look back then, they will copy the fingerprint sensor. Don’t they have a bit of pride?

        • Apple_Nexus

          Culture of Samsung unfortunately. They’re also being sued by Dyson for ripping off their vacuum cleaners.

          • mobilemann

            wow, lol.

      • Shark Bait

        Apple are not the first to do anyting…….. But often they are the first to do it right a d that’s still worth alot

      • mobilemann

        @disqus_jZcoc6lykc:disqus you have unknowingly only made his case stronger. Yes, Moto did do it, yes it was horrible, and no samsung did not follow suit. However, only months after apple does it, sammy goes for it on all 2014 phones?

        Didn’t really think that through before you posted it, huh? Kids.

        • John

          I never said that the difference between the two sensors was trivial. The difference is quite large, I agree, but his argument underhands the fact that Apple copied too. Stating an argument from a biased fanatic’s point of view is my vexation. People place their unrealized loyalty to an OEM who has no care for them other than what they have in their bank account. Competition is a good thing. If it weren’t for the corruption of the patent system we’d be at least 10 years ahead in technology, and that conjecture is a short shot of sound speculation.

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      you mean the same screen and the same body and the same OS since the birth of Christ…they shouldn’t

    • hardday

      Yes because they idolize and obsessed to Apple, lol

      I don’t give a damn whatever Apple “invent” recently because most obviously aren’t useful in first place.

      I hope Android manufacturer never follow to whatever Apple did, cause by doing that they’ll start losing their own advantage, losing sight of their own true strength.

      • mobilemann

        samsung has copied many, many things that apple has done, and what has it got them?

        oh that’s right, they pretty much are_android

        not happy about it, but it’s pretty troothy.

  • John

    Any highly experienced programmer will tell you that any fingerprint scanner that is not designed by the programmer himself/herself for personal use is a high risk that should not be taken. I do hope that they release a flagship device with an optional fingerprint scanner. Fingerprint scanners can be extremely dangerous, and are no doubt dangerous when supplied by major OEMs.

  • Kenny Woodard

    So so so happy with my gs4.. I don’t need a fingerprint scanner. I’m a former iPhone user than came really close to going for the 5s. But boy am I glad I went Android. I don’t know who would want an iPhone anyways. This phone does all that it can do and more. Bigger, better screen. Expandable memory and removable battery.. Seriously I am a happy Android convert (:

    • Sean Karpa

      I would want an iPhone, still. Using a Galaxy Note 10.1, it’s super laggy/glitchy. Feels like it’s 7 Beta 2, never will buy a Samsung phone.

    • God

      former iPhone 4 user. June 2010

  • Blowntoaster

    why? Samsung. Why? focus on better batteries, screens, processors, speakers etc. the stuff that matters. Samsung users don’t care about Apple gimmicks.

    • mobilemann

      because samsung is the only OEM making wads of cash off android, and their older strategy, which was to mimic apple, did work really well for them.

  • andrew boon

    Fingerprint sensor on Samsung really good . Technology at its best !

  • MasterMuffin

    I guess that’s cool?

    Also “Android and Windows decices.” :)