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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner confirmed

Kris Carlon
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Sam Mobile are ‘confirming’ the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5, quoting Samsung ‘insiders’ as always. The Galaxy S5, which will be announced (unless we have all completely misinterpreted Samsung’s rather obvious hints) next week at Mobile World Congress during their Unpacked 5 event, and will reportedly house the fingerprint scanner in the Home button and display your fingerprint on screen for some sexy security visuals. 

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If this 'confirmation' is true, the Galaxy S5 will not only feature a fingerprint scanner but will be controlled using your fingerprints too. / © GSMArena

This is interesting for two reasons: it means it won’t be an on-screen or rear-mounted scanner and it also means the Galaxy S5 will have the good old physical Home button, a feature many of us were hoping to have seen the last of. According to Sam Mobile’s sources, the same physical button configuration we already know from the Galaxy S4 and S3 will reappear on the next flagship. The Home button scanner apparently works similarly to the HTC One Max – with a swipe gesture rather than a brief press like the iPhone 5s’s TouchID scanner.

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The iPhone 5s does a quick scan, and the HTC One Max requires a swipe gesture. / © Apple, HTC/AndroidPIT

Galaxy S5 owners will reportedly be able to register up to eight individual fingerprints on one device and attach to each of them a default task or app shortcut. It is uncertain whether this means you could let other people use your phone but only to access a particular app or action without completely unlocking the device. A sandboxed guest mode like this would be great for girlfriends or little brothers who simply must play with your phone. You could set it up so your little bro could unlock your S5 and play Angry Birds, but nothing else. But this is purely me speculating.

However, Sam Mobile’s insiders have told them that Samsung has developed a Personal Folder and Private Mode which is controlled with fingerprints (but can also be unlocked using more traditional methods like a PIN or password). Apparently it will allow you to fingerprint lock your private apps, widgets and other sensitive content. Furthermore, you will be able to sign into certain websites using just your fingerprint and access your Samsung account the same way.

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That little Privacy padlock in the bottom corner starts looking more interesting. / © Samsung Tomorrow

For some peculiar reason, Sam Mobile declined to share any images of the process in action, claiming they want to keep something for Samsung to surprise us with next week. As always, don't believe everything you read, but if this confirmation is indeed true, then Samsung are putting fingerprint control front and center like nobody else has before, and if the whole process is as seamless and responsive as we would hope, then we may be looking at a whole new way of interacting with our phones – putting more digits to work than just our thumbs. I guess now we get to speculate on an iris scanner in the Galaxy Note 4...

What do you think of this confirmation? How do you think fingerprint control will change the way we use our phones?

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  • Kevin Stagg 6 months ago Link

    Wondering about the placement of the scanning button (bottom-center)? There were rumors of it being on the back before. Will it be circular? Will it be a bigger oval to allow for the fingerprint swipe? Wishing they would just have done a keypress instead of a swipe - though I s'pose its really no different than a screen swipe nowadays.

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  • Rutger 6 months ago Link

    Boooooring! If they had it inside the screen ok cool, but this is just boring! I'm still a Little bit interested in the S5 but as for now, I lean towards an Xperia Z1c.

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  • Thomas der Namenlose 6 months ago Link

    God damned! Why in the world would You want a Fingerprint Scanner?? Well shure easy and Quote safe but who knows wäre your fingerprint data will Land? Oh man Apple has Bad a really dumb idea and obviously some of the Android Brands are dumb enough to think it was genious....

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    • Kevin Stagg 6 months ago Link

      fingerprint data? Probably a lot harder to grab than the five-digit code you entered for your screen-lock.

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      • Rutger 6 months ago Link

        As long as the fingerprint data file is stored on the phone, it can be stolen.

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  • ljhaye 6 months ago Link

    Apple did it (5C) so Samsung must now do it even if it doesn't know why its doing it. Sigh...Samsung will copy every feature from an iPhone to make sure the Galaxy S line is always as comparable to Apple's flag ship. I wish they would take the Galaxy S in its own direction. How long before they are the only profitable Android OEM left standing?

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    • Kevin Stagg 6 months ago Link

      Come back and say when there is an OEM that has had an original idea that wasn't incorporated from someone else first. And when the iPhone 6 is a phablet despite Jobs' emphatic dismissal of a larger screen for the iPhone? Are they copying off of the Galaxy Series? Remember when Apple fans made fun of android users because of this? Hell - how about the mini-tablets? Then Apple felt the need to come out with the Air mini iPad.

      What about when Apple comes out with a wearable phone/watch? They will not be the first - will they be copying? They were also not the first to swipe away multiple slides on a screen (I believe that was Palm). Can't we just admire hardware from both sides.

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      • ljhaye 6 months ago Link

        What you are saying is correct but my point is regarding the design that one OEM or another creates to differentiate that black slab of computing that defines the modern day smart phone. Samsung is a fast follower but my point is why? It created the Galaxy gear but my fear is that as soon as Apple releases its iWatch Samsung will change its design to match as opposed to continuing the evolution of its original Galaxy gear design and interface.

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  • iMaC74 6 months ago Link

    I like how both Apple and Samsung say this fingerprint stuff is a new innovation, I remember years ago having a laptop with a built in fingerprint scanner, new innovation my ass lol 2014 the return of the copycat's 😏

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    • Rutger 6 months ago Link

      Even Motorola and HP iPac had a fingerprint scanner

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  • Reg Joo 5 months ago Link

    Battery, less restrictions, to make your phone yours(Damm locked bootloaders), and bendability, not me too tech. When you buy a computer, no matter how much bloatware it comes installed with, you can uninstall it. Why in a os, that purports to be "open" , are these restrictions put upon it? Samsungs dominance won't last forever, with the me too attitude. Just like google, recently,( restrictions on what you can do with your sdcard), they're making too many rules on what's important, they can fail. Look at once juggernaut motorola, ibm, kodak..etc.. Also, when you think of it, there are so many ways, and apps that you can use to safeguard your phone now.

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  • Funem 5 months ago Link

    Fingerprint scanner was on the Atrix 4g android phone back in 2011 before it was on an Apple phone. Not sure anymore who is copying who.

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