Rumor: Samsung might bring fingerprint tech to its future smartphones

by: Andrew GrushMay 21, 2013

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Today’s smartphones are rapidly evolving when it comes to screen size, processor speeds, RAM and even aesthetics. Unfortunately, there is one area that might not be advancing as quickly as we would like: security.

Sure, there have been some improvements in phone security. Largely though, most folks still stick to just using PINs, patterns or (even worse) no security method at all. What if we could instead use the power of our fingerprint for accessing sensitive data on our phones? Samsung might be working on such a solution, at least if a new rumor is to be believed.

The rumor is sparked by a series of images that were received by SamMobile in an email earlier today. The images where allegedly ripped from a leaked firmware build for the Samsung Galaxy S3. As you can see below, these pictures show off fingerprints and related imagery.


The obvious theory is that these graphics might indicate that Sammy has been working on testing some kind of fingerprint tech. Keep in mind that these images are the only ‘evidence’ we have of such a move, so take this all with a grain of salt.

We certainly hope that Samsung would consider some kind of fingerprint reader built in place of the traditional home button, though. It would not only improve security, it would also be yet another bragging right for Samsung handset owners.

If any Samsung device is getting the tech in the near future, my vote would be for the Galaxy Note 3. Considering the Note series tends to be popular among BYOD users and businesses, it would make sense to have this kind of tech present.

It’s worth mentioning that rumors also suggest that Apple might also be working on some kind of fingerprint tech for the iPhone 5S. Before we start pointing fingers at who is copying who, remember this kind of tech has been around for a while now. Really, it just makes sense that it would eventually make its way over to smartphones.

What do you think, would you love to see Samsung phones start rolling out with a fingerprint scanner or do you feel it would really be more of a gimmick than a truly game-changing feature?

  • gokusimpson

    Motorola Atrix, anyone?

    • RaptorOO7

      Tue, but Moto flopped on that one. Fingerprint technology can be useful but it really depends on what the implementation is going to be for. Perhaps mobile wallet use (If we could only get the F’N carriers to stop blocking it) that would be a nice way to sign and go.

      • porter86

        Yeh that would be neat. It’s a shame Google don’t give up in America where it’s never going to take off due to the carriers. In the UK the infrastructure is already in place, there’s thousands of wireless payment terminals.

  • Matt

    “Samsung might be working on bring fingerprint tech to its future smartphones”

    Me Tarzan, you Jane.

    • Andrew Grush

      Sorry about that! Fixed the title, not sure where my train of thought was with that one, it derailed apparently. :)