Samsung will fix its glitchy fingerprint sensor by copying Touch ID

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Say goodbye to the swipe. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s fingerprint scanners could be some of the worst available in today’s mobile devices; they’re so unreliable that most people don’t even bother with them. But sources familiar with the company’s plans say it is working to change that for the upcoming Galaxy S6.

How? By copying Apple, of course.

I will admit that Samsung has made its fingerprint scanners more usable since they first debuted on the Galaxy S5 last year. Software updates have made them slightly more reliable and slightly more accurate, but there’s no escaping the fact that they’re still not great. That’s mostly due to the way in which they work.

In an effort to avoid cloning Touch ID completely, Samsung used a different scanner in its existing devices that requires you to swipe your finger down its home button rather than just tap it. But according to SamMobile, the South Korean is finally giving up on that approach and following Apple… again.

“Highly credible sources tell SamMobile that Samsung is ditching the swipe-based fingerprint sensor for a touch-based sensor for its next generation Galaxy S device,” the report reads. “With the new touch-based sensor, you wouldn’t have to swipe your finger on the sensor anymore; instead, you would just place your fingertip on the home key – at any angle – then lift it off, and that’s it.”

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Samsung is also planning to make the Galaxy S6’s home button bigger than those found on the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 to make the sensor even more accurate, SamMobile says. On the software side, however, you can expect things to remain the same; you’ll be able to use your fingerprint both to unlock the Galaxy S6, and to access apps.

This won’t be the first time Apple has shown Samsung the way, and it surely won’t be last. But if you’re planning to buy the Galaxy S6, that’s a good thing. At least you can be confident that the fingerprint scanner on the new device will be reliable.