Samsung takes a leaf out of Apple’s i‘Book’ with “Touch ID” inspired sensor in upcoming GALAXY S6.

There are strong rumours indicating that Samsung will do away with the swipe style mechanism for their fingerprint sensors as found on the GALAXY S5, Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note 4 products in favour for a touch based sensor, akin to the one found on Apple’s iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

 

 

Why touch as opposed to swipe? Well touch is more precise and it allows the device to capture more of the thumb in one go. To satisfy this touch feature, the home button on the GALAXY S6 is rumoured to be larger which would mark a noticeable visual difference at a glance from its predecessors. A trend in phones seems to be minimising bezels and having more of the screen taking up the front side of the phone but in this case it’s the reverse. Samsung will have to increase the bottom bezel to accommodate for the larger home button and this may anger or possibly deter some Android fans.

Slim Bezel Smartphone Infographic (Image Credit: @SomosPostPC)

Slim Bezel Smartphone Infographic (Image Credit: @SomosPostPC)

SamMobile, a veteran and well respected source for Samsung news has shed some light on the capabilities of this touch sensor in the upcoming GALAXY S6 smartphone which include performing the functions found on the legacy devices such as:

  • Fingerprint Unlock: Verifies the user’s identity and unlocks the device.
  • Web sign-in: Allows users to sign into websites using fingerprints.
  • Verify Samsung Account: Verifies the user’s identity when purchasing content within Samsung services.
  • Private Mode: It’s not specifically a fingerprint-exclusive feature, but allows user to choose fingerprint as an unlock method.
  • Pay with PayPal: Allows users to make quick and secure payments via their PayPal account using their registered fingerprints.

Some Samsung customers have complained that swiping on the sensor doesn’t always unlock the device, this is also a problem sometimes on some iOS devices with Touch ID but it will be interesting to see if Samsung can learn from Apple’s shortcomings and build a truly fool proof and perfect security solution for the end user.

Samsung GALAXY S5- Fingerprint Error - Swipe Faster (Image Credit: AppleInsider)

Samsung GALAXY S5- Fingerprint Error – Swipe Faster (Image Credit: AppleInsider)

Its possible Samsung may intertwine some unique features into this sensor which only the GALAXY S6 and other upcoming devices can take advantage of but until Samsung makes the official announcement surrounding the S6 (hopefully) in February, it’s all rumours and speculation so take the above information with a pinch of salt.

Apple Touch ID Information (Image Credit: Anandtech)

Apple Touch ID Information (Image Credit: Anandtech)

Samsung is often accused of copying Apple and while a lot of customers don’t like the user interface found on Samsung devices, we hope Samsung do a great job with the touch sensor on the S6 and put the critics to rest.

Source: Forbes

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Written by Purav, PDTechHD (My personal account is PDTalkinTech)

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  • theryangoodman

    Very interesting article. I don’t overly like the comment about Samsung copying Apple as they’re as bad as each other really.

    Apart from that, good read! 🙂

  • It will be interesting to see the outcome from this. I have a 6+ and the only time it the touch ID fails is when I have inadvertently misaligned my finger badly from rushing to unlock. Some of the extra features will be nice as long as they can keep it all secure. Great post, as always, Purav 🙂

  • Rbert Cper

    While Apple might have been the first to bring a fingerprint scanner to mobile devices, they have been around in one form or another for many years – so really I would say Samsung are just adding in new technology rather then copying. I did not actually think I would find it that useful, but since having it on the 5s and now 6+ iPhones – it has secured my device more because I never used a passcode. Unlocking is also much easier, and as the app integration improves logging into many apps is also easier. Well versed article, and I liked the little iBooks nod in the title 😉

  • NaijaMan

    A really intriguing article, will be great to see the potential outcome of said rumours.

    As for Samsung copying Apple and vice versa, it’s almost a ‘standard practice’ in the industry. Motorola already introduced fingerprint sensors on of their Atrix phone before Apple took centre stage.

  • Jon Harrison

    Great article, It wil be interesting to see hwo they get around the bezel being bigger issue