Rumor: Samsung Galaxy S5 could feature eye scanning technology

In a world where smartphone technology moves at a rapid pace in some areas and slower in others, it seems that Samsung may be the first to offer eye scanning technology as an additional layer of security for unlocking devices or other uses.

According to AndroidSaS, they have learned via sources and 'Korean reports' that an eye scanner will be included in the Galaxy S5, which is expected to debut early next year, possibly at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2014 which takes place in Barcelona, Spain between 24 Feb - 27 Feb.

Of course this could all be a load of fluff, they point out that their sources aren't very reliable(?) in the report as well, and that it should be taken with a pinch of salt.

But wait...

What does make this report interesting is that such a feature was already implemented in the S2 as 'face scanning', this feature could also unlock devices, but was deemed notoriously inaccurate and low level, security-wise. The S3 and S4 also includes technology that can scroll the content on the screen by tracking how you're looking at the phone; so it would seem plausible that Samsung would want to go to the next level of true eye scanning technology if they could.

So, the S5 could include a fingerprint scanner -just like the iPhone 5s and recently announced HTC One Max- but with the addition of eye scanning technology as well. That would certainly make Samsung the game changer in the smartphone wars.

Only time will tell if such technology could be debuted early next year on their flagship, and would you even welcome it?

Source: AndroidSaS | Image: Retina Scan by Shutterstock

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Those smart phone technology is getting out of hand. I feel pity than no such time is put on laptops anymore. We get a tiny lcd screen and wooping a $1000 on the price or a good %80+ NTSC gamut display and we got a $2000 laptop., IPS display laptop? now we are talking $2600. That and the huge battery size doesn't perform any better than any simple mobile battery. I feel that they can make the ultimate laptop for dirt cheap. No wonder no one I talk to anymore use a laptop.

Mobile CPU speed is slowly matching laptops and soon will surpass it. Laptop manufacturers, your next if you don't innovate!

Man I couldn't get the facial unlock for my laptop to work (nor the fingerprint scanner for that matter). Eff this noise. Due to high cheekbones, Im very squinty.

They're showing some desperation over the growing commodity nature of smartphones. The cash cow only has a few more years before people simply won't be willing to pay the huge price for phones. I just bought a new water heater and dishwasher and it cost less than what some people spend on a phone.

Spicoli said,
They're showing some desperation over the growing commodity nature of smartphones. The cash cow only has a few more years before people simply won't be willing to pay the huge price for phones. I just bought a new water heater and dishwasher and it cost less than what some people spend on a phone.

Good job sir!

As long as most of the cost of the phone is built into the 2 year contract companies will be fine. If the government came out and made it illegal to do so, then the companies such as apple and Samsung would have to worry big time.

Until people notice they can switch to a prepaid plan on the same carrier and save $500/year and only lose a $400 hardware credit every two years. I never do rip off contracts anymore.

Not sure where but in Canada prepaid costs more than monthly plans and the monthly plans are same price no matter what phone you get.

I wish. I pay $40/month before taxes. It's the plan I've had for year now. 6gb of data and 250min. No call display or voicemail, not that I need them. Usual plans run about 60-70 for the same amount. But prepaid is on average $10 more.

Future Phone: " I see that your eyes are bloodshot so you must be stoned I have pinned all of the White Castle restaurants in your area to Google Maps."

Great idea in theory, but I'm sceptical of whether or not it would be useful. Not so much from the "hackers can steal your eye" bla bla bla, but based on my experience of the facial recognition. With the facial recognition, I find that the time required to enable the front facing camera, added to the time taken to recognise my face is far longer than a simple pin code or pattern.

Hello,

Even though DNA scanning is 100% foolproof (unless you literally kill the guy), the small needle poke does hurt and will eventually leave a scar.

elangab said,
From version to version, it's becoming a bloatware phone... adding stuff just for the sake of adding stuff...

What phone isn't? That's pretty much how technology moves on and stays relevant. Im sure people at some point thought cigarette lighters, foot-well lights etc in cars were just "pointless extras"

DNA scan would be foolproof. Not this, everyone can rip your eye out and scan it, same goes for your finger. And if they include humidity and temperature sensor, you can always use salty warm water on the fingerprint.

But pointing a gun at the owners head and asking him to unlock it, still there's no failsafe for that :b

Tbh, I'm looking forward to having small needle or something like that on the phone, so you have to give it your blood sample or something like that in order for the device to become operational. Also it's just only one part, obviously you would need to scan your fingerprint and iris too. And that's all only to open the phone to use some app.

To answer calls it should be even 4 step authentication, give blood, verify fingerprint, verify eye iris and the last one verify by voice, meaning you'd have to say something and then phone checks that it's really really you who's trying to answer the call. I'm sure smart guys at Apple and Samsung can come up with even more absurd ways to unlock your phone.. like make funny fart sounds or something like that to unlock it.

MidnightDevil said,
DNA scan would be foolproof. Not this, everyone can rip your eye out and scan it, same goes for your finger.

If they rip your eye or finger, they already have your DNA and a blood sample for further "security checks".

Poor people that take blood thinners, they would be empty on the first days of use. Either that or you would like a junkie with two days of use, with holes everywhere lol.

Heisenberg said,
NSA likes this.

There will also be a sticker on the box which says "Your eye scan data is stored securely on NSA servers. Requires internet connectivity"

That would be great.

iris scans are far more secure cus you dont leave an imprint of your eye ball lying around!! this could make apples fingerprint scanner look like childs play although as its only in a phone i cant see it being a complex bit kit

It might not be an iris scanner though.. it could simply image the eye and compare, we'll have to wait and see. That's also why I didn't call it an iris scanner

It's Samsung we are talking about here, there's never enough gimmicks on their devices. They are run by a very simple rule: throw enough gimmicks at the wall and hope one of them sticks.