As some of you might know, last week, the guys from SamMobile broke the news about Samsung’s intentions of implementing a fingerprint protection system in its future smartphones.
According to SamMobile’s tipster, Samsung begun testing this feature since before Galaxy S3 hit the market. However, as both the S3 and the Galaxy S4 have been released without this technology on board, i think it’s safe to assume that the testing did not go as planned. However, in case you were worried that Samsung has abandoned its plans, fret not, as we recently stumbled on further proof that the Korean manufacturer is bent on bringing fingerprint protection to its future smartphones. Join us after the break for more.
What you see above is a snapshot taken from a patent recently granted to Samsung by the US Patent and Trademark Office (2013/0129163).
As you can see, Samsung intends on placing a fingerprint sensor in the home button of its devices, but the patent claims that “the present invention is not necessarily limited thereto“.
According to the same patent, the fingerprint sensor might be a contact type one (like those used in door-locks) or a swipe sensor with a relatively small width.
In case the latter type is used, Samsung says that it’s possible for the sensor to be located on the side of the device (140 in the above figure).
The patent also claims that Samsung’s technology is capable of detecting if the recognized fingerprint pertains to a living body or if a forged fingerprint is being used (for example a fingerprint formed using silicon).
Those of you technologically inclinded and interested in finding out how exactly this is supposed to work should give the patent a closer look.
So what do you think? Will Samsung manage to beat Apple to it and be the first to release a smarpthone with a fingerprint sensor? Would you be interested in this type of security? Let us know in the comments section.