Leak: Samsung could beat Apple to the punch with fingerprint sensor in Note 3
Apple’s biggest rival, Samsung, may be getting ready to unveil its own fingerprint sensing technology today with the Galaxy Note 3, potentially taking some of the wind out of the next iPhone’s sales even before the device is introduced.
According to one application package file (APK) list posted by noted tech news leaker @evleaks, a “FingerprintService.apk” file is among the many files included in that list. Additionally, a “trusted insider” said to work within Samsung India’s RD department has reportedly confirmed to Temefy that the newest generation of the Note will come with a fingerprint sensor and that it will have “an amazing feature.”
According to reports, the sensor in the Note 3 will be used to unlock the smartphone, but also to enable a “Dual User Mode.” Such an option would allow for the regular unlocking methods, such as password protection or simple swipe-to-unlock, but would give access to a user’s sensitive files were it unlocked with the owner’s fingerprint.
The website source does not explain why Samsung did not roll out the technology with its much more popular Galaxy S4 flagship’s debut earlier this year, but the South Korean tech giant could be simply testing the waters on the technology ahead of a larger rollout. The Note 2, predecessor to the device Samsung will announce today, is popular in its own right, moving millions of units in its first two months of release so it could serve as a suitable testing ground for Samsung releasing the technology for a wider segment of its product line.