Samsung to Implement Fingerprint Sensor into Galaxy S5’s Home Button


Looks like Samsung really did start its photocopiers the day Apple announced the iPhone 5s with Touch ID, as latest reports from credible sources are claiming that the Galaxy S5 will sport a fingerprint sensor embedded into its home button, amid previous rumours of a fingerprint scanner being built into the actual display (via SamMobile).


According to sources with direct knowledge of the matter, Galaxy S5’s sensor will work in a swipe manner, meaning that users would need to swipe the entire pad of their finger from base to tip across the home key to register their fingerprint properly. The source specifically notes that “you would need to keep your finger flat against the home key and swipe at a moderate speed or else it won’t recognise your fingerprint”. Though users will be shown real-time image of their fingerprint as they swipe the finger over the sensor.

The report also mentions that Galaxy S5’s fingerprint sensor is sensitive to moisture so, trying to use it with wet fingers will give an error telling you to dry your fingers first. Also, the Galaxy S5 won’t feature on-screen buttons and will continue to sport physical buttons like all previous flagship devices.

“Samsung has implemented the use of fingerprint scanning throughout the operating system. You can register a total of 8 fingerprints and assign each fingerprint a different task or use it as an app shortcut, but at least 1 fingerprint must be used to unlock the device. A new Personal Folder and Private Mode has been developed by Samsung, where you will be able to hide personal apps, widgets, and content you want to keep private. To open and close your Personal Folder and Private Mode, you would need to swipe your registered finger over the home key after tapping on the home key, or you could simply use a different security method, like pattern unlock or security PIN.”

Seriously Samsung, is that that best you can do with a home button fingerprint scanner knockoff?


  • Chrome262

    Thats like the sensor on the old IBM notebooks we have at work, they never worked well, unless you did it slow.

  • sully54


  • We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, does anyone know where there’s a sale on popcorn?

  • lol

  • fsfsf

    So innovative

  • xxxJDxxx

    Awaits fandroids telling us how ‘innovative’ samsung is with these shortcuts.

  • max

    you guys should really get off your high apple horse. Apple rips off and its the most innovative thing ever. Samsung or any other company does it and they are branded as copying apple. the sooner you guys get your head out of apple ass the sooner you would realize that, iphone users would still be begging apple to include features in their phones. thanks to companies like Samsung, htc, android, etc…which is why you are enjoying all those features on the iphone. instead of being quick to criticize, I would gladly accept the competition because we the consumers ultimately gain from competition because it forces apple to up their game. Oh by the way apple was not the first phone to come out with finger print sensors and Samsung isn’t the second either htc’s phone has one.

  • FragilityG4

    The Next Big Copy.

  • FragilityG4

    Wow the fAndroids are taking this one hard. Timing my friend it’s all about their timing. Apple has fingerprint scanner next year same with Samsung. Apple has a gold phone and now Samsung is going to. Apple has metal phone and guess who’s getting our of plastic. Apple adds Siri and then Samsung has … S voice? … It’s all about the timing.

  • Anon

    The same goes both ways. Only Apple waits a few years before implementing Android like features. Notification center, Toggles, Lockscreen info, Dynamic Wallpaper, etc. the list goes on.

  • Chrome262

    Hey, we are talking Samsung, Not Android. We are talking about Samsung coping everyone, including HTC and other Android devices.

  • Chrome262

    And its Google, not Android who is the company, Android is the OS, and while HTC my be innovative, Samsung is not, they even copy from HTC, and yes Google.

  • Sam

    You mad bro?

    Where is HTC’s fingerprint sensor now? It’s gone cuz it’s bloody useless and it was a horrible implementation. Touch ID blows it out of the water.

    Samesung is just shamelessly copying, yet again. It’s like Hyundai/Kia just copying all european car makers with their designs. SHAMEFUL!

  • FragilityG4

    Those are minor enhancements … Samsung always copies the big enhancements … Look at their phones pre iPhone they looked like blackberrys … And now they look like iPhones … Samsung does this all the time that’s why dyson is suing them for copying their vacuum. It’s the Samsung way.