New video compares Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner to Touch ID

While Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, hasn’t officially launched yet, a new video has emerged comparing the device’s fingerprint scanner to Touch ID in the iPhone 5s.

After the Samsung announcement, many were quick to call Samsung out for copying Apple’s implementation of biometric security (essentially embedding a fingerprint reader in the home button) but the solutions are actually quite different technologies. YouTuber iCrackUriDevice does good job in the above video of comparing the two solutions, giving a quick run through of how to set up the sensors and showing their performance in a head-to-head battle.

The obvious takeaway from the video is that Apple’s Touch ID is more reliable, being able to correctly read the user’s finger from any angle whereas the S5’s scanner rehires a specific downwards swiping action (and even then it is not 100%).

However, the S5 fingerprint scanner can has more utilities than Touch ID – Touch ID is currently limited to unlocking the device and authorizing iTunes and App Store purchases. On the other hand, the S5 can use its scanner for authorizing third-party apps, like PayPal.

Personally, I’m hoping Apple opens up Touch ID to third-parties (perhaps at WWDC) too which would greatly improve the utility of the sensor, something reported to be on CEO Tim Cook’s radar.

Source: iCrackUriDevice (YouTube)

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  • De’Marcus Kourage Winbush

    Nice. Samsung makes the fingerprint swipe hard to unlock your phone. I can’t wait until the iPhone 6 comes out to see what they are going to do with Touch ID.