Samsung won’t follow Apple with its own fingerprint scanner, claims it’s not developing the technology yet

by: Adam KoueiderSeptember 25, 2013

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One of the biggest features on the iPhone 5S is the fingerprint scanner on the home button. Sure fingerprint scanning technology has been seen before on Android smartphones, but Apple was the first to implement a reliable, accurate and fast fingerprint scanner in the iPhone 5S.

It’s obvious that many manufacturers are probably trying to catch up to Apple, however, the Korean Herald has quoted an unnamed Samsung official claims that Samsung is “not yet developing the technology”. The only Korean company known to be working on fingerprint scanners for smartphones is Crucialtec who has already implemented on of its models in the Pantech Vega LTE-A, which is an OEM that Samsung happens to own a stake in.

Researchers claim that Crucialtec is at least a year behind Authentec, the company which Apple bought a year ago and whose technology is found in the iPhone 5S, so this could be a sticking point for those hoping for a fingerprint scanner in the Galaxy S5.

While Samsung isn’t yet developing anything in regards to fingerprint scanning, that can change quickly if it turns out that consumers want the feature implemented. Now for those of you who absolutely require a fingerprint scanner on their smartphone, the upcoming HTC One Max is rumored to be featuring the technology.

Do you think fingerprint scanners are a worthwhile feature on smartphones or are you sticking with your password?

  • Oli72

    i disagree. no one is trying to catch up to apple. its reversed.

  • Tom Clowes-Whitby

    i wouldn’t like a fingerprint sensor. sure, cool idea but has huge security issues. someone can just swipe your finger over it in your sleep or something, and the worst thing is; it’s your fingerprint, you can’t change it. if someone finds out your password or whatever, you can just change it.

    it has its advantages, but it has its problems. if people want one in a samsung phone, they can be the ones who’ll be buying it – i sure won’t

    • Adam Koueider

      You’re not forced to use the feature, so you can always just not use it.

      • Tom Clowes-Whitby

        it’s samsung, though. there’s no doubt (if they do this) they’ll release a flagship with this feature and then another one without it. so i won’t be paying money for the feature, that’s what i’m saying

      • RaptorOO7

        It doesn’t remove the cost associated with it being on the device so not using it doesn’t make it a free part.

        • Adam Koueider

          I wouldn’t expect the price of a flagship device to rise by just including a fingerprint scanner. The pricing of high-end devices is usually consistent.

          • viaimages

            not having it there though helps the phone be lighter, thinner, and less costly to the manufacturer

        • RarestName

          You mean like the S4 with a crap ton of additional sensors that no one complained about?

    • mrjayviper

      “someone can just swipe your finger over it in your sleep”

      and if that happens, you have bigger issues that phone security…

      • viaimages

        most people will do it when you are drunk

        • abazigal

          Or unconscious.

  • Omegaclawe

    I prefer to stick to security measures that actually provide a modicum of security, thank you very much.

    • Fantastico

      Your passcode, emails, and browsing history are not particularly confidential on a typically huge screen on public transportation (for example). Your data are perfectly visible to neighboring commuters!

    • simpleas

      The fingerprint scanner is more of a convenience than security. I’d love it on my android, i aint gonna lie about it.

    • Thomas Vales

      It isn’t like you are forced to used the feature if its there. I fail to see where a passcode or pattern that people can see you enter or can look for the smudges on your screen to somewhat decypher is any more secure. Hell even spyware can capture your passcode, while with Fingerprint ID “currently” the only way is to somehow get a clean print of your thumb and copy it to another surface with similar texture to skin to hack.

  • RaptorOO7

    Motorola was first in offering fingerprint scanning tech on the Atrix so Apple is playing cacth up with Android, so get your facts straight.

    Samsung not rushing into a a technology that has not proven to be fully reliable or secure is smart. They need to first see what user interest is, none here, what can be offered, Crucialtec is still working on developing something better and most importantly how they could implement it into their devices.

    If, when they ever do its not follow the leader, its implementing what customers want and what they see as a real need.

    • Adam Koueider

      Dude, first paragraph, second sentence. “fingerprint scanning has been on Android smartphones before”, Difference is Apple’s implementation is a 1000x better than the one Motorola used on the Atrix.

    • Fox Ray

      “If, when they ever do its not follow the leader, its implementing what customers want and what they see as a real need.”

      So Air gesture, Smart scroll, face detection and so on was a real need? Man I wonder how I did 20yrs without it, I must be awesome.

  • Jin

    this is just some gadget, I don’t think people really take it primarily the security side. its like the face recognition I used it just for fun.

  • Rooney-

    I ll take fingerprint scanner it if it works on gloves too :-P

    • gcritics

      good point sir :)

  • Danda

    Fingerprint tech on a mobile phone is just not what we need today. It may sound attractive but it is also very dangerous.
    I would not risk getting my Biometric password/code hacked because this is something that’s permanent and cannot be changed forever like your DNA. I would not risk it. I will stick to password(which can be changed anytime I prefer it to)

    • Fox Ray

      Crossing the street is also very dangerous, but yet we do it everyday ^^

  • cyanogenuser84

    I care very little for the fingerprint scanner myself. I hope it does not become the norm. Give me better and more efficient phones that last longer and have less bloat. I’d like to see a simplification to some extent where smartphones are concerned. I miss the days of my OG Incredible packing Cyanogenmod. That being said, I am getting the note three partially for the s-pen. But that is because I value its true functionality and the ease with which you can now access those functions. Overall I don’t think I’ll use a lot of the ticky tac featurettes that Sammy puts into each new flagship, the s-pen for me is the exception. Let’s not forget that the specs on the phone are quite good as well.

  • mrjayviper
  • mrjayviper

    I’ll love a scanner for the convenience. As it stands, I got no password (pattern/passcode/etc) on my note 2.

    • viaimages

      and if you felt you needed it, you probably would have created one. but as it stands, you don’t

      • mrjayviper

        I didn’t as “I” feel the current choices are cumbersome. With Apple’s tech, reports says it’s pretty good and response time is good as well. I will use a well-implemented scanner if available on my android phone just for the convenience of easy unlocking + some form of protection.

        • viaimages

          understood. and, that is your choice as it should be. i believe the matter should be about choice, but remember if your phone should ever fall into the hands of the police, and you have used a fingerprint for your lockscreen.. you will not be protected.

          • mrjayviper

            luckily for me, I’m not bound by American laws

          • viaimages

            just remember that should you travel here :)

          • Fox Ray

            The real question would have to be ‘Are you such a criminal that you fear the Police checking out your phone?’

          • viaimages

            i think you should have a look at this:
            we live in a scary world where anything can be construed against you regardless of how non-criminal you are. the fact of the matter is, anything can happen at any given time, in which you might not have control over. i for one would like the assurance that i am protected 100% of the time. what say you? other countries might have similar loop hole laws.. but have scarier consequences.

  • Michael

    Absolutely no reason for a fingerprint scanner. One more thing to malfunction and throw a monkey wrench into getting in your phone…. been done before, just a gimmick.

  • Lodovik

    They already have much to catch with a 64-bit CPU and 64-bit Android…

    • Unwired

      I wouldn’t feel the urge to catch up on that. 64-bit CPU means bigger pointers, eating up quite a lot of memory, which in turn also eats up more battery. And it’s not necessary on mobile, still largely premature. Just a bad marketing move, as awkward as the fingerprint (which has been broken already).

  • ger

    If the author wants to cite apple accomplishments, then you should write articles on Apple sites.This is Android. Also, F,,,ing Apple will always be behiknd Android. Their expensive, their environmentis in a sandbox, most of their users and followers are sort of in a trance to buy their products, etc, etc. Should I say again? I personally Do Not cate about anything Apple. And don,t worry about even replying to this post as I will not even come bak to this stupid article of yours to see if anyone replied.

    • chaloska

      I’m sorry that upsets you. :-(

    • richardpaulknight

      Instead of trolling forums, you should get some English lessons.

  • SkylaC90

    I love’d the fingerprint scanner on my Motorola Atrix, I was very sad that Motorola stopped making phones with them.

  • ziyad meeralam

    yeaaahh , they will

  • Thomas Vales

    I would love the feature but it wont be a deal breaker if its not present on their next device.

  • Ruz

    Good.. we dont even need it in its first place

  • Mystery Man

    Unless they find a way to implement it into the digitizer i’ll pass

  • abazigal

    won’t, or can’t?

  • IanDickson

    Don’t lie to yourself, folks. Fingerprint scanning would be cool on a Samsung device. I’ll admit it, and I’ve been using Samsung since the Instinct. BUT…I’m sure to one up apple, a blood sample would be WAY cooler. ;-) Kind of like on Gattaca.

    • Kash Gummaraju

      Yeah you know when you remove the backplate after your phone fell out of your hand and all of a sudden all those blood samples it took just leak out and destroy your phone. Yeah super cool, where would the blood samples go? Obviously the phone would need to take them in and store them in a little box which will need emptying after a certain number of unlocks. And this will also limit the amount of users using the device to one and if anyone else uses it and tries to create another “blood” password, they’re in the risk of getting HIV. I say limited to one person, because by the time the idea of using blood samples as passwords, there will be multiple user accounts for phones as well.And then how about fitting in a cleaning device to clean the little needle that draws your blood so that blood doesn’t dry up and cause bacterial infections? You aren’t one upping anyone here, in fact you just gave an idea that could potentially kill people. Gattaca blood sample machines for identity verification for jobs work, because the devices are huge and they have ample space to have a cleaning device fixed in and can be fixed if anything goes wrong.

  • olbp

    Earlier, Samsung and others stated that there were serious problems in both the security and reliability of fingerprint scanners, and serious low yields, to boot.

    Now, we are seeing just that with apfail. They are having all three problems, already, and it hasn’t been out but a week.

  • Shahin Yavari

    I miss my Atrix’s fingerprint scanner….
    I really wish Samsung would implement biometrics into their phones….

  • steve blow jobs

    the FP scanner is useless, like this article.

  • whatsa2

    you guys have it all wrong
    a NFC micro chip similar to a dog under you skin
    and you really dont need anything

  • Unwired

    How many times do experts have to remind them fingerprints *cannot be used* to authenticate someone. At best it can help identify someone.

    That being said, the camera recognition unlock feature introduced a while ago on S3 was also pretty stupid. At least, they didn’t have to include an extra hardware device (with who knows how much R&D effort to build it), but still, they should be more responsible for their customers and not lead them to believe they can use this kind of technology safely.

  • Frode

    I don’t know but I had a Motorola atrix and I used the finger print reader on my phone and it worked like a charm to unlock my phone and nobody else that tried vas able to unlock my phone

  • Narender Gumma

    I really like this fingerprint sensor as it enables me not to enter the password every time. Just placing my finger over this sensor is an easy way to unlock or while installing any application.