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Note 4 fingerprint features detailed in new leak

A new report describes the Note 4’s fingerprint authentication features, which include all the functionality from the Galaxy S5 and a handful of new features.
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August 26, 2014
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We already know a lot about the Galaxy Note 4’s hardware and specs, but Samsung could still have some surprises left on the software front. Fortunately for those who can’t wait to learn everything there is to learn about the Note 4, leakers are hard at work ruining the fun for the rest of us.

SamMobile is back with a report describing the Note 4’s fingerprint authentication features, which include all the functionality from the Galaxy S5 and a handful of new features.

The Note 4 will reportedly include Screen Lock, Private Mode, Samsung Account Verification, and PayPal Payments, all features present on the Galaxy S5 and the Alpha and made possible by the same Synaptics Natural ID swipe-based fingerprint sensor found in the two devices.

Among the new features is Fingerprint Shortcuts, which lets you assign a shortcut to a specific app of piece of functionality. For instance, swiping your index finger could take you straight to the camera, while using your thumb would unlock the phone as usual.

Web Sign-in, another new feature mentioned by leaksters, seems more interesting – from our understanding, it lets users match credentials to a fingerprint, so they can log into compatible web services with a finger swipe. This will presumably only work with select services, so the feature may not be the universal password replacement we’ve been pining for. Samsung did something similar with LastPass, which lets you sign into all websites whose passwords you manage with LastPass with just a swipe. It appears that Samsung is now opening the feature to more third-party web apps and websites.

This is it for now – for more on the Galaxy Note 4, check out our rumor roundup. Stay tuned!