Samsung will once again follow Apple’s lead and include biometric security technology in the next Galaxy S smartphone, it has been claimed.
According to sources cited by Korean blogs and Android SAS, the Galaxy S5 will feature a retina scanner that will enable owners to unlock their handset just by looking at the screen.
The feature would ape, and arguably go one better than, Apple’s Touch ID. This is the biometric scanner that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5S and that enables users to unlock their phone by pressing their fingerprint onto the home button.
It’s not yet clear how Samsung would implement this feature.
But while it’s fair to some tech-watchers have sounded a note of scepticism about rumours of an eye-scanner, there are some reasons to afford them a degree credibility.
Not least among them is that the phone-maker has past form with allowing Galaxy phone owners to control select features of their handset using their eyes alone.
Smart Screen on the Galaxy S4, for instance, is best described as a smart pause mode that harnesses the phone’s front-facing camera to detect users’ eye movements to ensure that the phone does not enter the screen-saving mode midway through a video.
Chatter around the S5 comes amid separate rumours that the handset will feature the same faux leather rear as the Galaxy Note 3. Earlier indications suggested that the phone will sport an expensive HTC One-style metal construction.