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Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature fingerprint scanner, iris scan testing scrapped

Samsung Galaxy S5 concept
Samsung Galaxy S5 concept

Samsung has decided to add a fingerprint scanner to its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to the latest reports from industry sources. During CES 2014, a Samsung executive revealed that it was testing biometrics technology to level the playing field with Apple.

As Android Authority reports (Jan 20), the Korea Herald received word about Samsung’s personal identification device security plans for the upcoming Galaxy S5. According the Korean news source, iris scanning technology is not quite perfected yet, so Samsung will add a fingerprint scanner to the S5 instead. “Among the different types of biometric sensors that Samsung is testing for its Galaxy S5, the tech giant will go for fingerprint authentication rather than the unintuitive user experience of iris recognition” said an anonymous industry source to the Korea Herald.

Earlier reports said that Samsung was considering adding iris scanning biometric security to its upcoming flagship device. “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5,” executive vice president of Samsung mobile, Lee Young Hee told Bloomberg.

GSM Arena noted that Fingerprint Cards AB, a biometrics company based in Sweden has confirmed talks with numerous smartphone manufacturers, including South Korean based players. Following Apple’s 2013 launch of the iPhone 5S with fingerprint scanning, it’s no surprise that competitors will not be too far behind. Still, this latest report should be taken with a grain of salt as with existing rumors, speculation and unconfirmed reports surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S4 successor.