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Galaxy S9 may combine face unlock and iris scanner to offer an ‘Intelligent Scan’ feature

As the official unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+ inches closer, more and more leaks are surfacing on the internet. After the alleged press renders of the upcoming devices leaked online, now a new Galaxy S9 feature called ‘Intelligent Scan’ has been outed.

APK teardown reveals a new Galaxy S9 feature

In an APK teardown of the Settings app in the latest unreleased Android Oreo beta for the Galaxy Note 8, a senior XDA member ‘mweinbach’ has found a few strings relating to ‘Intelligent Scan’. Since neither the Galaxy S8 nor the Galaxy Note 8 offers any such feature currently, it is believed that the strings found in the APK teardown belong to a new feature in the Galaxy S9 series. The same XDA member has also uploaded what appears to be a Samsung help graphic for the users on how the feature works.

The brief graphic doesn’t explain much other than showing the ‘Intelligent Scan’ feature working in different lighting conditions. The feature reportedly combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in challenging lighting conditions. It is not yet clear if this is a new authentication system altogether or an improvement to the existing iris scan option.

The Galaxy S8 line-up already features an iris scanner for authentication. Although iris scanning is secure, it is not as quick as other authentication mechanisms already available in the market. Previous reports have suggested that the Galaxy S9 might feature a 3D sensor-equipped front camera to improve facial recognition on the handset. Perhaps this new feature will rely on the improved hardware to speed things up.

Unfortunately, there is one major drawback in manufacturer-specific authentication systems. Unlike a fingerprint reader which uses the standard Android API, Samsung-specific authentication systems have to rely on their own APIs and implementations. This means that app developers must specifically support these authentication systems to work in their apps. If the developer support for the iris scanner in the Galaxy S8 duo and the Galaxy Note 8 is an indication, it is safe to say that developers are not exactly flocking to support any Samsung-specific authentication system.

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gtone339
gtone339

Samsung Co. should of did this with the S8 last year but now they are saving that feature for the S9 instead gosh!

tim54
tim54

Huh, neither the iris scanner nor the face recognition has ever worked on my S8…. I’m not optimistic…

aarozone
aarozone

Seems so unnecessary and stupid to be honest because the iris scanner itself is a great feature and more secure on its own. I think it’s just gonna be a publicity stunt to match up with Apple’s FaceID ?

mweinbach
mweinbach

You guys have the wrong source on this post. Check the source at the bottom of XDA where it says thanks mweinbach. It links you to my website, http://www.samcentral.tech/. The direct link to the original article is http://www.samcentral.tech/2018/01/before-unknown-s9-features.html

Eddygraphic
Eddygraphic

This is how it should have been done on the Galaxy S8 I always found it stupid to have to chose between either one, instead of using both for better accuracy, and this should not be S9 exclusive since the hardware is already there on the s8 and Note 8.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

But the Iris scanner already works in all lighting conditions. The latest Oreo build even brought improved iris scanning to my S8+ and honestly, it works pretty fast. Not as fast as the FPS but not slow enough for me to complain it needs to be faster.

raresborcea
raresborcea

This HAS to come to the current generation, as well! The hardware is already here and the company should not forget its current customers, especially when it comes to phones which cost over 950 euros. Perfecting current flagships features should be a priority.

santeripe
santeripe

Highly doubt it, Samsung is already running low on selling points to get people to upgrade from the S8 to the S9 (hardware changes except camera are tiny), and they want to keep any new software tricks an exclusive to the newer generation. Luckily this is Android and not iOS, you’ll basically be able to transform any S8 to an S9 with a ported ROM, because so many of the changes will be purely software.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

I’ve been saying this all the long, even with minor saving graces such as dual camera and 6gb ram may have been enough differentiator for the s9. But said they released the s8 again

Shenoysiddhant
Shenoysiddhant

So u finally realised that they tend to forget us