SamMobile has affiliate and sponsored partnerships. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

Exclusive: Galaxy Note 4 to sport Synaptics’ Natural ID tech, New fingerprint features


Last updated: August 26th, 2014 at 10:21 UTC+02:00

Since the beginning of the month, we have been exclusively revealing details about Samsung’s upcoming flagship phablet device, the Galaxy Note 4, bit by bit. Last week, we spilled the beans on the device’s camera features, and the development of its Ultrasonic Cover. Today, we will unfold details about the Galaxy Note 4’s fingerprint sensor.

Our credible source reports, the Galaxy Note 4 will sport Synaptics’ Natural ID solution, just like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha. Many aren’t aware of the technologies which come bundled with Synaptics’ Natural ID solution, one of those technologies is LiveFlex™. This technology allows the separation of the fingerprint sensing element from the fingerprint controller integrated circuit. Samsung uses this technology to split the fingerprint sensor into two parts, one part is incorporated into the home button, while the other part takes input from the main touch screen, and both are used simultaneously to get an ID loaded. The sensor is compliant with FIDO, as well.

After the release of the Galaxy S5, many people reported about the fingerprint scanner being crap and useless due to it being unable to correctly identify fingerprints, and most of the time throwing errors instead of unlocking their latest smartphone. The reason behind this is that when registering their fingerprints, users only swipe their finger over the home button, which is tiny and doesn’t provide sufficient area. The right way is to swipe their finger starting from the lower part of the display to the home button, not just the home button. This allows for a much greater surface area for the finger to swipe on and the result is flawless. This is actually Samsung’s fault and not the users’, because these instructions aren’t present in the current version of the fingerprint registration tutorial. If you didn’t knew about this, try it now!

Now let’s talk about the software side of things. Samsung is bringing all four fingerprint features — Screen Lock, Private Mode with fingerprint authentication, Samsung Account Verification and PayPal Payments — from the Galaxy S5 to the Galaxy Note 4. Moreover, Samsung has created a few new features, which may arrive on the Galaxy S5 in future software updates. One of those few features is, Fingerprint Shortcuts. This new feature allows the user to assign applications or specific functions as shortcuts to each registered fingerprint.

How this feature works?

When you unlock the device with the registered fingers, you can make the finger shortcut to any applications or other functions directly from the lock screen” –  This is exactly what Samsung states during the feature’s tutorial on the Note 4.

Web Sign-in is another fingerprint-related feature Samsung has developed for the Galaxy Note 4. Web Sign-in allows the user to use registered fingerprint to sign into websites. After signing into a website manually by inputting username and password from the keyboard, the user can then simply enable “Sign in using fingerprints” and use the register fingerprint to login.

This is how the Korean giant describes this feature on the Galaxy Note 4.

Sign in to websites that can remember passwords by swiping any of your registered fingers over the home key. To set up fingerprint recognition for your web accounts, follow the instructions below:

1. Enter your username and password for web accounts that support fingerprint recognition.

2. Enable Sign in using fingerprints.

3. Sign out of the web account, then use a registered fingerprint to sign in again.

This is all the info we were able to obtain regarding the Galaxy Note 4’s fingerprint scanner from our sources, but we will keep you folks updated as soon as we receive new intel. Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy Note 4 at Samsung UNPACKED 2014 Episode 2 event in Berlin on September 3, and SamMobile will be live at the event to provide you with all the news as and when it happens.

Phone ExclusiveGalaxy Note 4
Load 8 comments

You might also like

Specs comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs Galaxy Note 4

Ah, the Galaxy Note 4. It’s perhaps the last “true” Note flagship if you ask some of the diehard fans, and for good reason, too. It was the last Note to come with a removable battery or an IR blaster. When the Galaxy Note 5 came along, the Note 4 was also temporarily the last […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 4 years ago

Facebook integration in Gallery and other apps ending June 30 for old Samsung devices

Starting June 30, users of Samsung’s Android smartphones launched between 2012 and 2014 will no longer be able to access their Facebook pictures and information in apps such as Gallery, Calendar, and the Briefing widget for the home screen. We’re told the affected devices are mostly those that ran Android KitKat, Lollipop, or Marshmallow. Devices […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 4 years ago

Fact or fiction? Galaxy Note 8 has ‘most generous battery capacity’ of any Note series device

Now, before you reach for those pitchforks, let me say that the words in the title aren’t mine or one of my colleagues’ at SamMobile. They come straight from Samsung, or at least from the company’s Samsung Members app, from a section on official performance tips for the Galaxy Note 8. And, frankly, if we […]

  • By Abhijeet Mishra
  • 5 years ago

Blueborne fix for Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy S5 Plus and Galaxy Tab S3 released

Samsung continues to plug a major security vulnerability on its devices. The company today rolled out the Blueborne fix for Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy J3 (2017), Galaxy S5 Plus and the Galaxy Tab S3. Devices like the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S5, Galaxy A5 (2016) and many others have already received the fix. […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 5 years ago

[Update] Galaxy Note 4 Blueborne patch released by Verizon

Verizon has released the Galaxy Note 4 Blueborne patch today. The carrier has been doing a good job recently of updating older devices with the latest security updates. This particular security update is a fix for the Blueborne Bluetooth vulnerability. You may have heard about Blueborne recently. Discovered recently, it exposes countless Android devices to […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 5 years ago

Galaxy Note 4 receives August 2017 security patch

The Galaxy Note 4 may not be eligible for any major Android platform updates but it’s still receiving the latest security updates. Samsung has rolled out the August 2017 security patch for the Galaxy Note 4. This handset is almost three years old now and well beyond the two-year support window for major platform updates. […]

  • By Adnan Farooqui
  • 5 years ago