The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has sanctioned a patent for Samsung which involves the integration of a fingerprint sensor that may be seen in the Home buttons of upcoming Galaxy smartphones.
While there have been many developments being reported around the battle between Samsung and Apple for supremacy in the smartphone segment, Samsung may have scored a potential win with this new patent approval. While Apple’s next-gen iPhone, be it the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 6, is said to come in featuring a customised Home button with a built-in fingerprint sensor, according to the patent that has been found, Samsung seems to be trying to integrate the same into its smartphones as well.
Samsung may have managed to get a headstart on Apple on the fingerprint sensor technology
According to reports by Sammobile, Samsung has been working on fingerprint protection for its Galaxy phones for years – around the time the Galaxy S3 was launched, to be precise. While the later model Galaxy S4 did not have this innovation, there is talk that the next generation S5 may come in with fingerprint protection.
This is further confirmed by the approval the Korean company has been given by the USPTO. While the patent was reported to have been filed some 16 months ago, the timing of the approval is perfect for Samsung’s future plans. According to snapshots that have been found along with the patent, it seems that Samsung is planning on placing the fingerprint sensors in the gadgets’ Home buttons. However, according to the patent, “the present invention is not necessarily limited thereto,” which basically means that the company can switch the location of the sensor as well.
USPTO approves the Samsung fingerprint sensor (image credit: clien.net)
According to the same patent, the fingerprint sensor may also be a contact type one, similar to the ones you may see in door-locks, or maybe even a swipe sensor with a smaller width. According to the same screen shot, as well as what Samsung seems to be saying, it could very well be that the sensor may be seen on the side of the phone.
Another claim by the patent states that the fingerprint technology will be capable of detecting if the recognised fingerprint comes from a living body or if a “forged fingerprint” is being used. This means that if you want to go the “24” way, and try to use a fingerprint copy made from silicon, Samsung smartphone should be able to catch you.
Now the question that remains is; which company will win the race for this innovation, Apple or Samsung? More importantly, will users want to see this kind of security feature on their smartphones? And if Samsung does launch this innovation soon, which product will see it first, the Note 3 or the Galaxy S5?