Feb 19 2014, 12:55am CST | by Gene Ryan Briones
Samsung doesn't want to be left behind in integrating the technology into its products. Apple was obviously the first, with the introduction of the hot-selling iPhone 5S. HTC followed later last year with the One Max. Rising Korean smartphone maker, Pantech, also announced a phone donning fingerprint-sensing capabilities. And from the looks of it, Samsung's flagship phone this year, the Samsung Galaxy S5, will be having the feature as well.
But contrary to earlier rumors that its sensor will be built into the display, Sammobile, a reputable site for Samsung-related leaks, says that the Galaxy S5 will have a sensor built into the home button.
It works by swiping your fingers across the button, Sammobile confirms. The technology also sounds a bit complex when compared to the iPhone 5S. That's because you'll need to keep your fingers flat while swiping. And you'll have to do it slow, too.
Sammobile adds that the sensor is also sensitive to moisture, a clear downside for people with sweaty hands.
But on the good side, users can reportedly view their fingerprints in real-time on the screen. Sources told Sammobile that the technology is baked into the phone's operating system, which we presume to be Android 4.4. KitKat, although an improved TouchWiz UI is expected.
As if to make things complicated, users can reportedly register up to eight fingerprints and assign each to a specific task or a shortcut. Say, for example, use a specific fingerprint to open web browsers. But Sammobile adds that only one fingerprint can be used to unlock the phone. The fingerprint sensor will also be used to sign into your Samsung account and other websites.
Additionally, Samsung has reportedly added a new software feature meant to enhance security and privacy. It's a Personal Folder and Private Mode, which hides apps, fies, and other private content. "To open and close your Personal Folder and Private Mode, you would need to swipe your registered finger over the home key after tapping on the home key, or you could simply use a different security method, like pattern unlock or security PIN," Sammobile explained.
Lastly, Samsung will allegedly use physical buttons on the Galaxy S5, shunning reports of on-screen buttons. Samsung, as expected, declined to comment on the report.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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