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Apple has done it again: Fingerprint scanners are the next big thing in mobile

LG G3 Fingerprint Scanner

LG may be working on its own flagship smartphone that will pack a fingerprint scanner, the LG G3, a mobile feature that’s gaining more popularity among mobile device makers, ET News reports (via GottaBeMobile). The iPhone 5s is the most popular handset that uses fingerprint-reading technology, although there are other Android smartphones that can offer similar features including the HTC One max, and the Pantech Vega LTE-A and the Vega Secret Note.

According to the South Korean publication, LG was interested in including a fingerprint scanner in last year’s G2 flagship although those plans were shelved because of supply issues with fingerprint sensors. Now, the company is reportedly testing a G3 prototype with a fingerprint reader, which could be placed on the back of the device, in a similar fashion to Pantech’s mobile devices. The G3 may not be the only LG to offer such a feature later this year, as the company is reportedly going to use the technology in two products – with the second one rumored to be a G2 Pro successor of the original LG G Pro.

Pantech Vega Secret Note with fingerprint scanner on the back

In addition to LG, Samsung is also rumored to include a fingerprint reader in the Galaxy S5 flagship smartphone, a technology preferred to an iris scanner, according to recent reports.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.