Samsung is reportedly working on some kind of fingerprint scanning technology for Galaxy smartphones. Files uncovered in the recently leaked Galaxy S III Android 4.2.2 firmware include a number of icons and graphics pertaining to a fingerprint-related feature.
There are no details available right now, but the presence of these graphics indicates that Samsung is indeed working on something related to fingerprint technology and it will probably be integrated in the home button of the smartphones.
This is not a first for Android devices, Motorola’s Atrix smartphone came with a fingerprint scanner and some Japan-only Android devices like Fujitsu F-10D also come with fingerprint scanning hardware.
This development is particularly interesting in the wake of the rumours about Apple working on some fingerprint tech for a future iPhone. In the last few quarters, Samsung has emerged as formidable rival to the Cupertino-based giant.
Samsung Wallet makes consumer debut in South Korea
In related news, Samsung launched its Wallet service in the home country recently. The service currently available for select Galaxy devices, allows consumers to store their credit card details in Samsung Wallet to pay for goods and services at 30,000 online retailers on their phones.
The Samsung devices that currently support this service include Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1, and Galaxy S II HD LTE.
More on Samsung Wallet here.