July 26, 2013 -
LG has sent out the invites for its upcoming G2 smartphone launch event, which drops some pretty heavy hints at a fingerprint sensor integration.
“To me, you are perfect. Be among the first in the world to experience the all-new LG G2,” the invite says. “Come see how we are learning from you.”
In the center of the invite, the outline of the new smartphone is shown, with a finger over what looks a lot like a biometric fingerprint swipe sensor. Reported in Androidandme.com, LG sent out the invites earlier this week for the unveiling of the new phone on August 7, 2013.
The event will be streamed live online at 11 a.m. on the 7th.
LG’s new phone is being released at the same time both Apple and Samsung have reportedly faced difficulty with fingerprint sensor integrations. According to a report in Korean ETNews, it looks as though Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 may actually ship sensorless altogether.
BiometricUpdate.com has not been able to independently validate any of these claims.
From supply issues to the physical coating on top of the sensor causing interference, these aren’t the first reports of problems with fingerprint sensors for these two anticipated phones.
Notoriously tight-lipped about product developments, Apple has published a number of patents related to fingerprint sensors and biometric authentication, but it has yet to be seen which will, if any setup, prevail.
Most recently the USPTO published a patent application from Apple (attributed to Authentec’s founder), outlining a system to embed the fingerprint sensor as an additional layer within a touchscreen display. This way, says the patent, the display becomes a fingerprint reader.