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Samsung may opt for iPhone-styled Home button to improve fingerprint scanning

Two Samsung patents have been discovered which show that the company may be looking at a new approach to improve fingerprint scanning on its smartphones. The first patent details the use of an iPhone-styled round Home button under which the fingerprint scanner will be placed. That’s exactly how it has been ever since fingerprint scanning came to the iPhone. Since the company has long been accused of copying Apple even though it has patented such a solution it may be unlikely for Samsung to replace the oblong Home button on its handsets with one that’s clearly synonymous with the iPhone, despite the fact that it’s not technically illegal for Samsung to opt for this solution.

The second patent points to a solution that we’ve seen on several other Android handsets. It doesn’t put the fingerprint scanner under the Home button, the scanner is placed on the back of the device instead where there’s more space to install a larger sensor to improve fingerprint scanning. We’ve seen this solution even on handsets from the likes of Huawei so it won’t be surprising if Samsung does this as well. Whether or not Samsung does this is another question because it patents lots of inventions and not all of them see the light of day.

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chikarin
chikarin

If you assume Fig. 2A is a Home button then you might as well say Samsung is planning a front camera bulge (Fig. 2B).

The yellow box represents the location of the “sensor module”, but the Home button dimensions could differ. Notice they used dotted lines, not solid ones like on the front cutout for the screen in Fig. 2A and the rear scanner in Fig. 7A/B.

EthanHawaii
EthanHawaii

It makes since, my s7 gets about 80% of my fingerprints right and when it doesn’t it get’s really annoying. But they could opt for a screen with no bezels with fingerprint recognition in the screen.

johnnysims
johnnysims

I feel the should change the front, to a capacitive button, it can be oblong like it is now but lights up white around the edges. Fingerprint can be in it or at the back..

maccyb
maccyb

Ohh no back fingerprint scanner please. I use my phone attached to my pc. I don’t want to have to lift it up every time to unlock it. That would be a right pain in the arse.

Sizzleboom
Sizzleboom

The current style looks so nice though. :C

sanayp
sanayp

Fake news at least post something better than this.

iceguyver
iceguyver

But Samsung already has a home button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner on their current generation of devices!

alkeek
alkeek

That will be a disaster

maccyb
maccyb

It’s only a patent, companies like Samsung lodges hundreds every month. They won’t actually do it. It’s just important to register all design patterns, so others can’t take it. In my company, we lodge about 20 every month and we’re justjust a small company.