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Apple and Samsung Race to Develop Fingerprint Scanning Technology

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[Photo Source: SamMobile]
When rumors spread about Apple’s involvement in the development of a fingerprint scanning technology, news immediately came out that Samsung is also testing its own. It is certainly not surprising that the Korea-based company will follow the lead of the Cupertino-based firm, but if this is true, then consumers are in for a nice treat.

The Revelation

The rumor about Samsung’s very own fingerprint tracking technology was uncovered when SamMobile received a tip from one of its informers. According to the source, the email that the tip provider sent leaked the details about how the company forgot to remove the tested application files of the technology when they released a firmware of the Galaxy S3.

The snitch said that the data about the fingerprint identification technology was discovered when the firmware of the Galaxy S3 was ripped open. Inside the SecSettings.apk of the firmware was the SecSettings/res/drawable-hdpi with a map which apparently contained images detailing the new technology.

Here are the images released by SamMobile that point out the fingerprint technology being developed by Samsung:

Apple’s Fingerprint Analysis Tool

In a related report by BGR, Apple is planning to integrate the new fingerprint identification technology in its upcoming iPhone which is the 5S. The new feature will be built in to the next iPhone’s hardware in an effort to boost the sales of the upcoming device.

The speculation of the source about the new technology was based on the comment of Brian White, a Topeka Capital Markets analyst, in his research note last week. Another report from Ming-chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst who has a good reputation of getting inside scoops in Apple before anyone else does, also served as the basis of the rumor.

Sources: BGR and SamMobile