Swipe style scanner embedded in the physical home button

Mobile World Congress

We're just 7 days away from what we expect to be the grand unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S5, and we're hearing yet more apparent details about the new device. The folks at SamMobile have reportedly got their hands on some juicy inside information that claims there will be a swipe style fingerprint scanner embedded into the home button. Oh, and that there will still be physical buttons.

It's also claimed Samsung's fingerprint scanner will have increased functionality when compared to something like Apple's Touch ID. You'll be able to link up 8 fingerprints, but you can also assign said prints to certain tasks like launching apps. Swipe sensors aren't perhaps as user friendly as the static sensor in Touch ID, perhaps even less so on the home button. But they are secure.

In addition, SamMobile goes on to state there will also be a Personal folder and a Private Mode where you will be able to hide apps and content that can only be accessed by a password or by your fingerprint. Of course, until we see it all for ourselves in 7 days treat it with the usual dose of skepticism, and we'll be live from Barcelona to tell you all you need to know.

Source: SamMobile

 
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dante501 says:

So did the Motorola Atrix. Wow that's new. Roll eyes.

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PZR18 says:

Secret hidden porn apps hahahahhaa

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jackwagon06 says:

Spot on!

Zig261 says:

Typical Samsung copying Apple as usual. Anymore actual news today.

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hmmm says:

I think we should pick apart this post and say why it should be removed.

MaximeC says:

That comment is like igniting a nuclear bomb in this thread

I agree if they put the scanner on the home button. According to some sources they rushed the fingerprint sensor and its similar to that of the HTC One max.... so its crap basically

Swipe sensors suck in terms of useability compared to static (I think.) But, I can't imagine how it would be comfortable to do that motion with your thumb while holding the phone and trying to swipe the home button.

jackwagon06 says:

But now, if I read it correctly, your fingers will be the lock screen shortcuts....thats kinda cool.

Yeah, could be. Fingers at least you'd have to be holding the phone in one hand and using the other though? Unlocking your phone with one hand would be less awesome with a swipe I reckon

jackwagon06 says:

Lol......your asking the guy who is using his left foot to hold up my 12.2 to reply!

twolastnames says:

Takes 2 hands anyway for most people to unlock their phone. I could do it one handed, but prefer 2, and no way my wife could on the S4, maybe an iPhone 4

BaAAH

someguy01234 says:

Glad I have the Moto X. I use face unlock and if it's too dark, the phone is still small enough to use one hand to enter the PIN.

hotkoko says:

Actually apple copied android. Android had the first fingerprint scanner unlock

ab304945 says:

not coping, since it is a different method to get the print

hotkoko says:

Different method? Hmm let's see, u touch the screen.. Sounds about the same to me.. Motorola Atrix was the first phone I think like two yrs ago... Apple was not the first.. That's the bottom line

willizen says:

But as usual, Apple came up with the better implementation

TenshiNo says:

Technically, no they didn't. They bought the company that came up with the implementation they use.

And it's still *extremely* hit or miss. I've seen numerous online polls that show a pretty even 50/50 split between people who say that they love it, and people who say that the damn thing never works. In my (purely anecdotal) experience of asking the few people I have met with a 5S, that seems to line up.

rd_nest says:

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Above is screenshot of SecSettings.apk for 4.1.2 GT-I9100 (Galaxy S2).
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FortTech101 says:

How do you know they didn't copy Motorola or HTC?

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jimbo says:

Who cares if or who they're copying! It's stupid.
Let's make the Samsung Galaxy even more bloated, complex, and user unfriendly.

Now, which finger did I use?

ajpri says:

More than likely, this has possibly been in the works for some time. Way before touch I'd was announced.

Plus let's add halfway around the world. That's nothing now but still.

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willizen says:

they may have had a prototype, but I don't believe it's a coincidence that we are seeing it now. Still, let Samsung do what it wants. It's obvious to everyone that Samsung takes cues from Apple, which is fine. Let's see if Samsung can come up with an implementation that is a good as Apple's.

What?

Cant spend 5 minutes on Google to see who put a fingerprint reader on their phone before Apple?

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3lackdeath says:

FYI the Motorola Atrix was the first phone to offer that feature and NOT apple, check your facts before spouting nonsense...

jkayakj says:

I feel like that type of finger print reader will be annoying.. I hate using those on computers..

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TenshiNo says:

Exactly.

Youngunn says:

+1 this is not a feature I want on my next phone. At all.

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Anon8154066 says:

Stop it with the copying apple bs fingerprint readers have been around for ages dam it, just because apple used it in the iPhone doesnt mean that right belongs to them.

It's all good and will be interesting to see Samsung's take on the fingerprint reader/scanner.

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Grahaman27 says:

samsung wants to make sure there is no reason to choose an iphone over samsung. it makes complete sense that they would include that.

willizen says:

Yes, but I'm sure it was just a coincidence that Samsung decided to put a finger print scanner in at this time.

hotkoko says:

Still gonna stick with my S3.. My S3 has Adobe Flash player.. Newer phones dont

Grahaman27 says:

64bit may not, but anything on armv7 (current phones) can sideload flash.

hotkoko says:

Ur right. But not with kitkat u can't at all.. They totally put a stop to that with kitkat update with all browsers..

Johnny Z says:

Puffin and Photon browsers will...play...flash..........badly.

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RonD says:

Flash works fine with Firefox on KitKat.

hotkoko says:

Since I got kitkat on my nexus 10. It stopped.. Everything I read online said that Adobe Flash is no longer working since kitkat update.. No matter what browser u use..I uses Mozilla and worked great until update.. I stream ufc ppv. But no more.. Says adobe flash no longer supported on this device

hotkoko, I have Adobe Flash Player on my Z10. Just wanted to let you know your not the only one that has it. I think HTC One has it to but I'm not 100% sure.

hotkoko says:

Watcha talkin bout Willis?

Youngunn says:

I've gotten by without flash just fine on my last 3 Android phones... what could you possibly need flash for on a tiny screen? Don't say porn either cuz must sites have changed over to html5 for those Apple users so I am told. Heh

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Just pray the camera and battery is excellent

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DanRJones91 says:

Here come the copying accusations ... Guess what? It doesn't matter a damn who copied who. Because when companies attempt to outdo each other with this "copying", guess who wins? Me. And you. Us consumers. We should be enjoying this sort of thing instead of wedging our heads firmly up our asses and pointing fingers saying "so-and-so copied so-and-so" like children ...

hotkoko says:

Well said.. But we all know that apple always copies android lol.. And they also copied androids notification pulldown.. Lol just sayin

cashxx says:

All I have to say is look at the phones before and after the iPhone! Hardware and OS.

http://www.cultofmac.com/145083/what-phones-looked-like-before-and-after...

hotkoko says:

Yup they came out with the style.. As far as features? Nope.. Mostly copied from android

rampage1979 says:

Exactly I'm tired of reading all this copy blah blah as long as it is improving the Tech who cares this style the s5 will have will be more similar to the HTC One Max scanner where you swipe from top to bottom to unlock shortcuts and apps, where is apple id is just to unlock the phone in my opinion Htc and Samsung have taken an idea and expanded on it.

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ConTejas says:

Yeah, so much for that rumor that Sammy made an agreement to follow Google's guidelines more closely. Just waiting for the end of Nexus rumor that's been around ever since the gpe releases to be squashed. BS too

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codiusprime says:

IF any deal was made, there is no way the agreed upon terms would affect any phone coming out this year. Your statement shows some ignorance of how phones are designed and manufactured.

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ConTejas says:

Good point! That said, way to be a big dbag about it...

MasterElwood says:

Also: if the rumor is true - this might be the greatest thing ever!

Just a scanner is lame. But every finger unlocks AND starts an specific app: AWESOME! 

Combine this with Tasker and program things:

Indexfinger: Email
Thumb: camera
Ringfinger: Phone + call mom
Middlefinger: text wife "i am at the store - do we need something"
Left index finger : G+ and show location of daughter

SSSSWEEEEEEEEET!!!

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codiusprime says:

If I have to swipe then I'm already uninterested, if the technology isn't at least as good as the competition then don't bother.

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TenshiNo says:

Agreed. I was actually excited when Apple announced, because it sounds like the technology was finally "there". But, in reading reviews and talking to a few people, it sounds like even Apple's TouchID is very temperamental. I think having to "swipe" will only make the problem worse, beyond the likely awkwardness of it.

Eclectech says:

Oh great...can't wait to try out these new features which I'm sure will be accompanied by lag.

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Joel E says:

Really want this fingerprint id to NOT be real.
Just...cant deal with the ignorant "sam copied apple" arguments i will inevitably be dragged into.
'Apple didnt do it first' is a foreign complicated statement that only techheads care to understand

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TenshiNo says:

"'Apple didnt do it first' is a foreign complicated statement that only techheads care to understand"

lol. Or to point out that Apple doesn't "invent" any of the tech they use, including TouchID? ;)

Joe113 says:

Funny how probably more than half of you idiots complaining.... will still buy the S5. Stop acting like babies. Your parents shoulda taught you better.... If ya don't have anything nice/constructive to say, keep ya mouth shut!!

And the day Android "copies" Apple, is the day I will switch back to my Nextel i860.

BoB16731 says:

Roflmao a fingerprint scanner copy much ?

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dan2695 says:

I just hope it's better than the G4. I skipped it because their was basically no difference from it to the G3. My contract is up in July, so hopefully the G5 doesn't suck, cause i'll gladly pick it up for contract renewal.

DaFonZisBack says:

No shit its going to be better. How can the s5 possibly suck in comparison to the s3 or s4?

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MasterElwood says:

Are you kidding me? Had both. The display and the camera alone! HUGE difference! Battery life: WAY better. And then the speed...

Youngunn says:

Seriously? The screen and battery and bezels on my s4 are far superior to the s3. And the camera software and megapixels are greater too. Just saying.

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Orion78 says:

Samsung continues with the physical home button??? Ugh!

hotkoko says:

Why wouldn't u want a physical button??? So much better

jimbo says:

And the go back button is on the right. Samsung addicts will never be capable of using any Android phone from all other manufacturers due to "muscle memory".

hotkoko says:

Oh ur wrong.. I also have droids. Droids are great phones too

NoNexus says:

The only one that was tough to adjust to in the last year was the g2. My Samsung muscle memory doesn't play into anything

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MasterElwood says:

LOVE my S4 buttons. But also have devices with virtual buttons. Have no problems switching...

Youngunn says:

+1 I actually had to put the back software button on the right of my home button on my rooted NookHD+ tablet after I got my s4.

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beri says:

Here comes the lawsuit

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MasterElwood says:

From motorola or siemens? Both had FP scanners in phones way before apple.

TenshiNo says:

You say that like it has ever stopped Apple in the past...

mvsmith says:

I'm more interested on Samsung's new UI and the design of the phone. I'm sure it will be a powerful phone. But doing a fingerprint scanner doesn't interest me in the least.

NoNexus says:

+1

I want to see the UI changes.

TenshiNo says:

Nope

DaFonZisBack says:

Ah reminds me of the good old days of ratemypoo

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hotkoko says:

I just hate that there phones keep getting bigger... The S3 is just perfect size.. From what I'm reading the S5 is gonna be huge. Bigger than the G2

MasterElwood says:

Ahh... the DISPLAY of the S4 is bigger - the device itself is actually SMALLER then the S3....

sher9501 says:

lol

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hotkoko says:

Umm I guess u haven't checked.. The S4 itself is bigger by about half a centimeter... Put them both on a table and see for urself.. And also go on vzw and check out the specs.

TheMimic12 says:

It's copying of Samsung made the fingerprint scanner in the home button with the exact same or nearly the same functionality and implementation. The scanner is in the home button like the 5S, according to these rumors, but Samsung did one better by allowing more options with the scanner. Allowing for different fingerprint shortcuts is nice (HTC did it on the One Max), and the implementation of protected files and apps is another good step in terms of security

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Incitatus says:

Richard, When you were writing this story, were you already laughing at the comment section? :)

TenshiNo says:

He must have been.