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Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor Exists, Reportedly Embedded in Home Button

Samsung’s commitment to secrecy in all matters Galaxy S5 has been impressive; conflicting reports over the past few weeks have obfuscated the final device’s form and features. But as with any high-profile smartphone or tablet, details almost always leak closer to launch, and Samsung’s next flagship is no exception.

Yesterday, SamMobile confirmed the presence of a fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5. Contrary to speculation, the publication said the sensor will not be embedded behind the device’s screen, but in a physical home key. (Sorry, software button fans.) The report went on to say that the sensor will, like the laptop fingerprint readers of yesteryear, require you to quickly swipe your entire, moisture-free (it won’t recognize wet digits) finger across the home button. That sounds a little less convenient than Apple’s Touch ID, but considering that technology’s unreliability, Samsung’s implementation could be an improvement.

SamMobile also revealed juicy details concerning how Samsung intends to incorporate the fingerprint sensor into software. Apparently, you’ll be able to assign 8 different fingerprints to different tasks or apps, so you can, say, open S Voice with your middle finger. You’ll also have the ability to hide certain apps and media with Personal Folder and Private Mode, features that require a fingerprint scan or PIN to unlock content. Finally, you’ll have the option of entering your Samsung account and website credentials with a fingerprint.

Though fingerprint scanners have come a long way since the Motorola Atrix, I’m still not convinced they’ll replace passwords or shortcuts just yet. Still, Samsung’s tech sounds intriguing, and it won’t be long before we’ll have a chance to see it for ourselves.

Via: SamMobile
  • feztheforeigner

    Why not ten fingers?

  • Niko Lowry

    I don’t understand how any self-aware consumer would voluntarily hand over their bio-metrics to a huge MNC. Tin foil and conspiracy theories aside, the amount of data-mining and data-sharing these companies do is alarming.

  • TheRobotCow

    So it’s becoming an iPhone for people who don’t want an iPhone. Ironic.

  • Ajmcnicol

    Unlike apples implementation, this sounds useful as long as the fingerprint scanner works well. I love the idea of locking certain info or apps unless ur identified. Makes it so if you loose your phone you can for instance have ur banking app..or gmail app etc..be locked even if your lockscreen is bypassed or turned off.

  • jimbob

    Apple lawsuit in 3…2….1…..

  • deskjob

    Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor Exists, Reportedly Copying Crapple’s Design.

    Sigh Samsumg, why do you make it so hard to pull for you. With Moto now sold to the Chinese, HTC possibly on their last hurrah, actually not sure if there’s any android phone that I am looking forward to. So sad 🙁

    Please don’t tell me Nokia…

  • Alex Thomson

    That’s not going to be a convenient place to swipe a finger. I think that’s a fail on Sammy’s part.

  • If it’s like more of Samsung’s features, it will work only 75% of the time

  • Brad Miller

    I wonder if these are confirmed…if so i really want the new S5!!!


  • chris_johns

    I miss flip phones…life was easier then…pick a phone bc it looked cooler…good ol days

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  • Turb0wned

    Oh, what a surprise, just like Apple. I used to root for Samsung back in the S2 days.

  • teejaycard

    I don’t think they should have followed the gimmick of the fingerprint scanner. I know they’ve been around before the iphone 5s but it’s still…just…so…dumb, and pointless.

  • Mike

    So if a phone has a 5″ inch 1080p screen then its a straight copy from the Droid DNA right (first one to have it)? I think people get confused by copy and industry standard…

  • Rich Derca

    I dont understand peoples issue with physical buttons or the lack of them. I prefer them. How do you manually get into download or recovery modes without them. Im sure you can I just dont know.

  • tommy

    So I would rather just wipe to the app I want, rather than swipe an awkward middle, or ring, finger.

  • Orion

    Yay Samsung still sticking to physical home button. Geez get with the times already.

  • Josh Carroll

    Note: for VZW S5 users, you have to swipe in a check mark pattern. It’ll be easy, though, since you can just trace it in the logo they’ll put on the button.

    • Carroll Josh

      Spigen sells aluminum buttons for that

      • dafu

        You think a finger print scanner is going to work through an aluminum button?

  • DJyoSNOW

    I don’t feel a need for…

  • Steviemac

    Samsung continues, continues …, to ripp off the iPhone. Trust me their version will be a step down compared to Apple. Put this with the other useless junk they put in the Galaxy phones.

    • Seth Kwon

      Don’t buy and move on then. And search Samsung SCH-S370 and its features; then tell me Samsung rips off iPhone.

      *EDIT: looking at your previous posts, I figured I’m just feeding the troll. Go away.

      • Maxim∑

        He is right though. The leaks show that Samsung will implement a swipe based fingerprint sensor. Meaning that touch ID will most likely be superior. A person from samobile heard that this fingerprint sensor was rushed and a better version would come out late next year

        • Tim242

          Touch ID is very unreliable.

          • Maxim∑

            It’s pretty reliable

          • Tim242

            No, it really isn’t. In my full day using it, it worked only about 50% of the time. It never worked at all in the appstore.

          • Maxim∑

            you have to enable it manually to use it for the app store.

            If its scanning poorly I would recommend re doing your fingers and really move it around on the sensor

          • Tim242

            I did enable it manually for the app store. It always said, “Try again.” I did all the hokus pokus tricks, and it still failed half the time.

          • EdubE24

            Works 99 percent of the time for me on the first attempt. And all the reviews I’ve seen gave it pretty high ranks.

          • EdubE24

            It’s crazy reliable..

          • Shawn John

            I agree. I work in healthcare sector and operate devices with touch ID and they fail so much that operators request we turn off that function so they can use the keyboard to mis-type their passwords. Besides your finger print can be altered with heat.

    • PoisonApple31

      I would have liked the fingerprint scanner on the top of the phone like the Motorola Atrix had in 2011. I think it’d feel better in hand with these big sized Samsung devices than swiping the home button.

  • duke69111

    I liked the idea much better when it was embedded in the screen. Maybe LG will do this since they have gone away from physical keys.

  • yummy

    So instead of someone just clarking my phone, theyll be trying to snag my finger too? No me. Better than needing me eye to get in, I guess. Carse I only got the one. Arghh, matey

    • duke69111

      whats the going rate for your thumb?

  • bkosh84

    “open S Voice with your middle finger.”

    I see what you did there….

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Needing a scan to unlock the nudes in my gallery? Cool. Probably would lock my drive and maybe a game i didnt want anybody touching. Makes sense for family tablets.

  • Trevor

    It’s almost as if Samsung WANTS to get sued. I think they like it.

    • Bionicman

      Apple wasn’t the first to do fingerprint scanners and they won’t be the last. But i guess if they tricked the patent laws into thinking they were the inventors of it, yea Sammy is getting screwed.

      • j

        This.. there’s no way apple can patent a finger print scanner, a finger print scanner on a device, a finger print scanner in a button. What they could patent is the type of/technology that goes into said finger print scanner, or some special technology to incorporate it into a button with other stuff.. but the general concept, no way no how.

        • Fresh360

          Ummmmmm didn’t Apple patent rounded squares, T-Mobile pateneted Magenta, and the Candy Crush company (whatever their name is) patented Candy…So yeah stop trying to be logical, logic don’t live here no more…

          • ERIFNOMI

            Those are all trademarks, not patents.

          • Fresh360

            Semantics aside I think you know what I am saying…All these patents and trademarks are given to things no sane person ever would think could be intellectual property…Thus my quip at the end “stop being logical, logic don’t live here no more…”

          • Trevor

            Yeah, it’s gotten out of hand. I’ve been talking to some lawyers about patenting the act of flatulating. Then anytime someone rips, I get 13 cents.

      • Turb0wned

        Its not about that, its where Samgunk decided to put it.

    • sc0rch3d

      considering the recent trial where apple and samsung had to show off prototype devices behind closed doors and the time it takes to bring a product to market……fingerprint scanner was already being prototyped at the time and not considered infringing on each other.

      just a guess…. :-/

      sammy and apple are def in bed together. pretty soon we will be living in a “customizable walled garden” (oxymoron?)

  • jnt

    Swiping motion? I see that as being problematic and unreliable. And Apple’s is not unreliable. I’ve had a couple of 5S’s and it rarely makes me retouch it. I hope Samsung does this well, or this piece of the S5 could be a big fail. Sorry for the cynicism… just seems potentially very unintuitive with a swiping motion.

    • duke69111

      Buy unreliable, I think they mean it can be easily unlocked. I saw an article or something the other day, that a cats paw was used to unlock a 5S.

      • Michael Harrison

        I’ve seen that video…it isn’t what you think. TechCrunch tested if they could scan a cat’s paw, and then use it to unlock the phone, and it worked.

        • EdubE24

          I would say that shows how good it is!!

      • Alisan_C

        They can always reset the phone, fingerprints dissapear 🙂

        source: myself, I had to reset the phone because I had some problems with the music.

        • pappy53

          Resets require the password.

          • Alisan_C

            Full wipe doesn’t

          • CoreRooted

            Full wipe doesn’t, but to restore from a backup, you need to have the password. The only thing that someone could get from a full wipe is the phone itself; Not any of the information it contained.

    • John Kitchen

      I have a 5S for work and the fingerprint scanner is a joke. I wish I could disable it but my company requires either the fingerprint or a ridiculously long password.

      • CoreRooted

        I also have a 5S for work and we are required to use the fingerprint scanner. I haven’t had any issues with it except for a few times where the fingerprint database seemed to disappear. Aside from that issue, it’s worked for me. I have heard that people with large fingers have had issues with it (the size of the button prevents a full scan).

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I have to congratulate Samsung on how they keep their new devices so locked down. Their leaks are always at a minimum especially actual pics or renders

    • chris_johns

      u have an s3…or s4?…go look at it and BAM…leaked image of s5

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        lol. Hoping they do make it look different at least.

  • Paul

    Did you just say I could give Samsung (or at least S Voice) the middle finger?

    • JoshGroff

      S-Voice technically, and yes.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Shh, don’t tell.

  • crazed_z06

    Samsung gives no fucks lol

  • Angel Roldan

    This is just going to lead to more suing over patents…

  • Tyrone Biggums

    In other words, it’s official guys, that home button is never going away…

    • EC8CH

      Yep… well… unless the iPhone ever gets rid of their’s….. 😛

      • EC9CH

        They have tablets without the button so what you say doesn’t count.

    • Rammstein

      People hate the physical home button and they also hate HTC’s likely decision of leaving that black bar…looks like some are going to have to decide which they hate the least 🙂

      • Maciej Kaznowski

        Or they can just get a nexus 😉 That’s a win-win situation

        • tommy

          Nah, that one “feels cheap”

          • Tommyz

            get a toast cover and no other can beat the feel.

            Not even a wood moto x since that feels plasticy

        • Turb0wned

          Or better yet, a Moto X.

      • duke69111

        Or they could get an LG. 🙂

        • Rammstein

          There are people that hate the rear buttons too 😛

          • duke69111

            Maybe so, but my rear buttons don’t affect my onscreen home keys.

      • Or they could get a Sony, sounding pretty good right now.

    • Intellectua1

      Yep I died a bit last night when I read this article.. Probably looking at the G2 pro now

  • hyperbeatser

    ugh it has a physical home button still…

  • Fresh360

    Now this sounds better than ‘Knock On’…Though Samsung may never shed the Apple copycat tag, if implemented properly this could be great…Everyone I know with an iPhone uses the fingerprint scanner and to my knowledge it is very convenient and reliable…

    • JoshGroff

      It’s also easily bypassed if I remember correctly.

      • Fresh360

        I think it had to do with getting a copy of your fingerprint and some other Mission Impossible stuff…So if someone wanted my info that bad they deserve it…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Isn’t there a PIN backup? That would kind of side-step the whole “get a fingerprint” thing, wouldn’t it?

          • Fresh360

            There is a PIN back up so if I try to use my finger on your phone it defaults to the PIN…

    • MichaelFranz

      I agree, most people i know with iphones use some sort of pin or passcode, and 5s owners use fingerprint

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Knock On isn’t a security feature (neither is Knock Code, the new iteration), so I’d say the idea is completely different. Knock On is more of a “oh, you can’t easily turn on the screen when the buttons are on the back, we need to do something about that” type deal.

      • Fresh360

        Original post corrected…I was speaking about ‘Knock Code’.

    • chris_johns

      everyone i know with the fingerprint scanner on the iphone…doesnt use it

  • MichaelFranz

    the apple lawyers are probably rubbing their hands together and going mwuahahaha. i swear between apple and samsung its a few things. its either “anything you can do i can do better” or like south park said “simpsons did it” meaning one does it and when someone else does it they say how the original already did it..

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      So long as the tech isn’t the same, the placement in the home button is not really a cause for litigation. Especially since the home button on the GS* phones is long and thin, there is absolutely no way it could be an issue.

      However, if the fingerprint scanning tech and activation mechanism are similar, the lawyers will likely be called immediately. If I was Apple, though, I’d just laugh at the “me too” attempt and move on with life.

      • MichaelFranz

        yea you are probably right the “me too” is gonna be the approach. Just you know its always going to be well apple had it first samsungs just copying. Same way it would be vice versa. its annoying

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          As an engineer I’d be downright pissed if someone accused me of copying a feature I’d been working on for the past year because someone else introduced something similar 6 months ago.

          That said, the Samsung “influence” from Apple is pretty undeniable. The fact that their implementations aren’t usually as good as Apple’s version just makes it worse. If the fingerprint reader on the GS5 has a higher positive-match rate than Touch ID I would be very very surprised. Doing things with multiple digits sounds cool in theory (love the example given above), but in practice I think it would be more frustrating, again assuming that the scanner isn’t some super-awesome hitherto-unknown biometric sensor technology.

          • MichaelFranz

            Im pretty sure the moto engineers on the OG Atrix are saying the same thing but also saying, oooooh that works better 🙂

            And again I agree, different tasks based on fingerprints is nice, if it works flawlessly. Will it, who knows.

          • rwrwr

            I’m pretty sure the moto engineers on the OG Atrix are saying things in Chinese now. Shame rosetta stone is so expensive.

  • James Monday

    They just had to pick the home button.

    • The Narrator

      That was a given fron the start