Apple may not be the only company to debut some form of fingerprint tracking technology on its next-generation flagship phone. A report from SamMobile claims that some images found hidden within the Samsung Galaxy S3’s file system point to the possibility of fingerprint tracking appearing on next-generation handsets, such as the unannounced Galaxy Note 3, or maybe next year’s Galaxy S5.
Bear in mind that this isn’t an official confirmation of a new feature to debut in the coming months, but rather a series of leaked images that suggest a chance of such a feature debuting. The images, which may have either been accidentally or purposely left deep in the file system, depict a series of fingerprints, two plus signs and a check mark, plus one image that depicts a phone user having his/her fingerprints tracked on a device.
If this does indeed refer to some sort of fingerprint reading system, it’s possible that Samsung is testing the technology out in hopes of releasing it in due time.
Be that as it may, we could be seeing Apple and Samsung both vying to be the first company to release a high-end handset with fingerprint tracking. This could be a major game-changer as a feature, and a definite selling point for whichever device it debuts in, considering the lack of sophisticated security on smartphones that could make it especially worrisome if a device gets lost or stolen.