Samsung firmware release confirms embedded fingerprint sensor for Galaxy Tab S

May 28, 2014 - 

Samsung seems pretty happy with the embedded biometric fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5 smartphone. So much so, it looks like upcoming Galaxy tablets will feature a similar system.

Firmware files for the new Galaxy Tab S have just gone online, and online sleuths have already pored over the files. Reported in SamMobile, it has now been officially confirmed that the new tablet will feature a fingerprint sensor. This is something that had been speculated in the past but this latest firmware release is the final confirmation.

Samsung has already opened access for its embedded fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S5, and third party apps are beginning to launch making use of it.

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone has been in the news lately, as its fingerprint sensor was recently spoofed using a fake fingerprint shortly after its launch. It’s not alone however, as theiPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint sensor fell to nearly the same attack late last year, days after its official launch.

Reported previously, Samsung may have addressed this issue on the GS5 in a recent firmware update, which reportedly improves the accuracy of the embedded fingerprint sensor.  

The South Korean tech giant has also recently announced that it intends to widely incorporate biometric sensors in its devices, and gave a particular nod to iris recognition.  

“As a market leader, we are following the market trend,” stated Rhee In-jong, a Samsung senior vice president, at an investor forum in Hong Kong. “We’re looking at various types of biometrics and one of things that everybody is looking at is iris detection.”

 

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