Samsung Galaxy S5

The critical response to the Galaxy S5's fingerprint-scanning features may have been muted, but Samsung seems undeterred in its efforts to spread biometric security capabilities across its mobile device lineup. According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung SVP Rhee In-jong told investors and analysts in Hong Kong that the company will expand its use of biometric sensors, making them available even to lower-cost handsets.

Rhee, who is in charge of development for Samsung's Knox security product, added "one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection." Iris recognition was a feature widely rumored to be in the works in the run up to the Galax S5 announcement, however so far no mainstream smartphone has shipped an implementation of this kind of biometric sensor.

Since its launch last year, Samsung's Knox software has become an important part of its plan to boost the adoption of Galaxy phones in enterprises, government and other high-security organizations. Last year Knox was approved for use on U.S. Department of Defense networks; more recently it was given the nod by the UK government.

Rhee revealed that of the 87 million devices in the wild with Knox embedded, some 1.8 million are actively using the feature. The exec said he hoped for a "trickle down" effect to boost Knox demand as more bodies certified the software.

As for Samsung's existing fingerprint-based biometric security, there are already indications this may be headed to its upcoming tablets and other high-end smartphones in the near future.

Source: WSJ

 
There are 10 comments

D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

I'm not against this, even though I personally think it's a gimmick.

However, the accuracy and the way the sensor works needs to be looked at again. My friend has an S5 and I see him make numerous failed attempts at unlocking his phone using the finger scanner.

I hate to say it, but as of this time, Apple's TouchID is still the most accurate and most intuitive smartphone biometric security system. That would change, however.

David Horgan says:

Samsung and gimmicks go hand in hand. All that comes to mind is what Al Franken said about finger print readers. Passwords can be changed, your finger print cannot and you leave your "password" fingerprint on everything you touch.
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However, you don't share the fingerprint "password1" with every tenth person on the planet...

eahinrichsen says:

That's amazing. I've got the same password on my luggage!

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NoNexus says:

The article talks about an iris scanner, and I can see that with Samsungs smart stay and that stuff. My question is can a 1.3 or 2 MP front facing camera get the kind of detail required (from a distance of a foot or two) for it to be accurate?

canikony says:

Not to mention, less than ideal lighting situations. I would imagine there would need to be some sort of light on the front when using the iris scanner... Honestly I don't see a reliable iris scanner on a phone anytime soon.

dj1994 says:

Maybe some sort of infrared sensor? It has to detect differences inside the eye not on the surface.

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Gary Patz says:

Probably not, smartstay has yet to ever work for me.

frettfreak says:

Shouldn't the word security have quotes around it when talking about biometrics on any phone? "security" cause its really not secure

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Gary Patz says:

Knox is secure? Then how did I get root access hehe