How to Use the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

How to use Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner

Finger print biometric recognition is the next big trend in smartphones. Apple popularized it with the iPhone 5S, and now Samsung is hoping to make it a hit with theGalaxy S5, announced on Monday at MWC.

We take a hands-on look at how the scanner works. First of all, it's different from Apple's TouchID in that the user needs to slide his or her finger over the elongated button, rather than just holding a finger over Apple's circular home button.

Samsung demonstrates this feature using the index finger, but we found that it works with the thumb, which aided in usability when holding the phone in the most natural way.

The software supports three finger prints, so you can scan both your left and right hands for those times when you're left shorthanded.  This also grants you the option of giving one of those fingerprint scans to a trusted individual without the need to share any complex lock patterns or passwords.

Once set up, the fingerprint software will allow the user to unlock the device, open private mode, and verify payments.

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  • skyline100
    Quoted from theverge:"Samsung’s version requires a vertical swipe over the home button to activate the scanner, and we found it to be quite unreliable and virtually impossible to activate when holding the phone in one hand."
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  • jrharbort
    This kind of feature was a bit of a gimmick in higher-end consumer notebooks from 2006~2009 before it faded away. I imagine it will also fade away from the phone market in due time.
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  • Parsian
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    This kind of feature was a bit of a gimmick in higher-end consumer notebooks from 2006~2009 before it faded away. I imagine it will also fade away from the phone market in due time.
    i dunno about that, it is almost as easy as slide to unlike (same motion infact)... except you dont have to worry about typing your PIN/draw pattern or pocket dials plus you get security...it could be great for those bad behaviours such as keep checking your phone without having to insert the pin all the time...
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