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Samsung Investigated Smartphone Fingerprint Scanning

by Todd Haselton | May 21, 2013May 21, 2013 6:45 pm PDT

The Galaxy S III is an old device that has since been knocked down a tier by the new Galaxy S4. However, SamMobile was recently sent a file that suggests Samsung considered, or perhaps is still considering, adding fingerprint scanning technology to its smartphones. We’ve seen this before, the Motorola Atrix 4G on AT&T offered it for example, and Apple is also reportedly interested in adding the tech to its next iPhone.

The leak came in the form of a SecSettings.apk file that shows images where it appears the phone is able to distinguish if a user’s fingerprint is valid for access into the smartphone or not. One image suggests that the fingerprint scanner might have been built into the smartphone’s home button, just below the display.

We don’t know why Samsung ultimately bailed on the idea, perhaps it was too expensive or deemed unnecessary, although we do hope it considers adding it to future devices.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...