Is Samsung Developing Fingerprint Scanning Technology For Future Galaxy Smartphones?

By Vijaykumar Meti on May 24, 2013 5:54 AM EDT, International Digital Times

Future Galaxy Smartphones?

Samsung Fingerprint Scanning Tech

Samsung and Apple are in a race for testing biometric technology for its upcoming Galaxy and iPhone respectively. (Photo: SamMobile)

It seems Samsung is following its rival Apple for developing fingerprint scanning technology. Both Samsung and Apple are in a race for testing biometric technology for their upcoming products –Galaxy and iPhone respectively.

Samsung fan site, SamMobile recently published a set of leaked firmware build for Samsung Galaxy S3, which also seemed to have incorporated fingerprint scanning technology. The leaked firmware suggests that the company is working to employ biometric scanning to their upcoming high-end Galaxy range of device.

Rumors have been surfacing for a while now that Apple is also working on the similar technology for its next iPhone. Last year, Apple acquired AuthenTec, a biometric scanning company.

In a similar report by BGR, Apple is planning to employ the new fingerprint scanning technology in its upcoming iPhone 5S. Apple aims to boost the sales of the iPhone 5S by adding the new feature.

The rumors of fingerprint scanning technology for next iPhone started surfacing in March. An analyst from KGI Securities released his new research report that said Apple will unveil the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner beneath the home button for security. This feature will allow users to unlock the screen after scanning their fingerprint.

Similar unlocking security feature is already available on laptops but implementing the fingerprint security in the next Galaxy or iPhone would be the first feature of its kind in the smartphone industry.