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Embedded fingerprint sensor rumored for LG’s upcoming G3 smartphone


Reports have surfaced to suggest LG’s new smartphone – the G3 – will include a fingerprint sensor.

On Wednesday, the Korea Herald reported that LG is now testing a prototype for the new phone, which includes a sensor. “LG has recently made a decision to adopt the fingerprint scanner,” the Korea Herald’s unnamed industry source said in the report.

According to the report, the G3 is also expected to include Android 4.4, a beefed up HD display and a 2.2 Ghz 8-core processor.

Reported previously, the LG G2 was also rumored to be launching with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, but that device was eventually launched with a multi-purpose button in its place.

If I had to guess, I’d think the LG G3 – if it does launch with a fingerprint sensor – will put a swipe sensor on the back of the phone.

Ericsson ConsumerLab recently identified emerging consumer trends for 2014 in a new report and gives a special nod to biometrics as one of the hottest and fastest growing technologies, ripe for widespread adoption.

Another new report, this one from Goode Intelligence, has found that by 2018 almost 3.4 billion users will have biometric features on their mobile devices, and that by 2017 there will be over 990 million mobile devices with fingerprint sensors. 

Recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan, reported in BiometricUpdate.com, has also found that fingerprint recognition will remain the leading biometric technology in consumer electronics for at least the new few years

Also reported in BiometricUpdate.com, Gartner recently published a research note warning smartphone manufacturers not to follow Apple’s lead in launching the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint sensor.

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