With smartphones storing increasing amounts of personal data and sensitive information about their users these days, their security is obviously of utmost importance. Pace of use and convenience is also understandably a priority for the vast majority of device owners.
First introduced to the constantly evolving smartphone market by Samsung’s fierce competitor Apple, Touch ID is an ingenious mechanism for increasing the security of smartphones, and also offers great advantages in terms of speed and expediency of use. Bringing the best of biometric security from the business world into the consumer market, the high-tech, sophisticated fingerprint recognition feature was first included in the iPhone 5S and is now widely available on a whole host of Apple devices.
The question for Samsung Geeks is; how has Samsung responded to this innovation from Apple? What is Samsung’s alternative to Touch ID?
What is Samsung’s alternative to Touch ID?
The question might more accurately be constructed as; what are Samsung’s alternatives to Touch ID? That is because Samsung has responded to their rivals’ invention by incorporating the new technology into several of their devices.
The South Korean company’s main foray into fingerprint recognition technology came with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G in 2014. Widely acclaimed for being aesthetically pleasing, the Galaxy Alpha 4G allows users to use their finger or thumbprint to unlock their phone. The technology can also handily be used to enter in website passwords once they have been initially stored in the smartphone’s internal system.
Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its companion the S5 Mini have a home key that integrates a swipe Finger Scanner, which can be utilised for secure and convenient Samsung and PayPal payments in a total of 26 countries, including the UK, the US and most of Europe, as well as parts of South America and Asia.
One of the issues with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S5 Mini’s fingerprint recognition technology was that users were locked out for thirty seconds after five failed attempts, frustrating many of them and often unfortunately eliminating the time savings normally associated with Touch ID technology. Samsung addressed these issues with the fingerprint scanner on their Galaxy Note 4, which allows users as many attempts as they require.
Operating efficiently and rapidly in the fast moving, competitive and dynamic smartphone market, Samsung has responded quickly to offer an alternative to the Touch ID technology introduced by Apple in September 2013 with their iPhone 5S. The fingerprint faceoff between the pair of technology titans is far from over, though, as continual improvements are made to improve security features and increase ease and speed of use.
Samsung Geeks should watch this space for more coverage of the intriguing ensuing biometrics battle.