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

According to a company official, Samsung is "not yet developing the technology" for fingerprint scanners, but we know how quickly that can change. Read on for more!

Published onSeptember 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 HTCOne 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?

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