Exactly how Samsung plans to match the iPhone for security became a bit clearer today, in the wake of fresh leaks from the phone-maker’s supply chain.
Until now, it had been widely expected that if Samsung went with TouchID-style fingerprint technology for the forthcoming Galaxy S5 it would be embedded within a physical home button.
Maybe not, though, after sources cited by ETNews claimed that the handset-purveyor will opt for a swipe sensor. As its name suggests, this type of fingerprint-scanning technology literally demands that users swipe their finger over it – either horizontally or vertically.
Assuming the insiders are feeding us accurate information, logic dictates that's it's much more likely that Samsung’s scanner will be embedded beneath the handset's expansive screen than on a button, where the area available for swiping is much smaller.
That fingerprint tech will be a feature of the handset one way or another seems beyond doubt. Especially after the steadfastly reliable leak-merchant @evleaks tweeted a screenshot of a zip file emblazoned with “FingerprintService.apk“.
What else will be on board when the Galaxy S5 shows its face on February 23rd a Mobile World Congress is anyone’s guess. But rumours indicate it will run Android 4.4 out of the box, complete with a wholly redesigned version of Samsung’s TouchWiz custom skin.
The handset is also expected to swap plastic for a more de-luxe metal construction and pack a slightly larger screen and brawnier processor.