Last month, IHS projected that hundreds of millions of smartphones would feature fingerprint sensors similar to the iPhone 5s Touch ID by 2017. According to a Reuters report, Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards, a company specializing in fingerprint recognition technology, is expecting “seven or eight of the world’s biggest smartphone makers” to make the leap as early as next year in order to keep pace with Apple. Speaking to Reuters, Fingerprint Cards CEO Johan Carlstrom said that Samsung will be launching a smartphone with some form of fingerprint identification next year, and Fingerprint Cards is hoping to become a supplier. Keep in mind, it wasn’t long ago that a Samsung executive said that the company was not looking to release a touch ID smartphone quite yet.