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Samsung says it’s not developing smartphone fingerprint scanners yet

Published Sep 26th, 2013 9:35AM EDT
Samsung Smartphone Fingerprint Scanners

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Samsung may have been willing to release a gold Galaxy S4 but it’s apparently not willing to follow Apple into the realm of putting fingerprint scanners on its smartphones. An unnamed Samsung executive tells The Korea Herald that the company has no interest in adding fingerprint scanning technology like the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID system onto its next major Galaxy device. The company may create fingerprint scanners down the road but for now it considers the technology to be in its early stages and unnecessary for its current lineup of devices. Hyundai Securities analyst Yoon Jung-sun tells The Korea Herald that Samsung is waiting to see how well Touch ID works out for Apple before making its move since “Samsung has been a fast follower instead of being a risk taker.”

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.