Excitable chatter that Samsung will follow Apple’s lead and incorporate biometric technology in its flagship phones got fresh impetus today, after one of the tech’s world’s leading exponents forecast at least one Samsung handset will land with it on board in 2014.
Johan Carlstrom, CEO at Fingerprint, told Reuters that Samsung could even launch two phones with a Touch ID-style function over the next 12 months, boosting their security credentials and bringing Galaxy flagship handsets in line with the top-end iPhone 5C.
According to the Fingerprint main mover, whose company is hoping to sell touch sensors to mobile-makers, the biometric feature will likely take the form of a swipe or touch fingerprint sensor.
Interestingly, that appears to rule out the retina-scanning tech that some had well connected analysts have mooted for a Samsung smartphone. And that would make a neat fit given Samsung’s previous forays into eyeball-tracking software functions, such as the intelligent sleep mode Smart Stay.
Carlstrom also expects rivals in the Android and Windows Phone smartphone market to come to market with similar tech.
"I think at least seven or eight will launch a phone with a touch sensor in 2014," he said.
News of his remarks comes amid speculation that Samsung could debut the Galaxy S5 as early as February, purportedly in a bid to arrest the impact of worse-than-expected sales of the Galaxy S4.
Alongside a metal construction, the phone is rumoured to pack a five inch, market-leading 2k display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution and run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.