Samsung Seeks to One-Up Apple’s Touch ID With Eye Scanner
Samsung (SSNLF.PK) may incorporate an eye scanner into its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone in an effort to overtake Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the use of biometric authentication technology in mobile devices, reports Bloomberg. While Apple’s iPhone 5S Touch ID technology authenticates users by scanning their fingerprints, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 eye scanner would scan users’ irises.
Samsung mobile business executive vice president Lee Young Hee recently revealed the possibility of an eye scanner at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show). “Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” stated Lee. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
Besides the possible addition of an eye scanner, the Samsung executive also revealed that the company’s next flagship smartphone iteration would receive an overall design makeover. “When we moved to S4 from S3, it’s partly true that consumers couldn’t really feel much difference between the two products from the physical perspective, so the market reaction wasn’t as big,” noted Lee via Bloomberg. “For the S5, we will go back to the basics. Mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”