Samsung Galaxy S5 to have fingerprint sensor embedded within home button

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A Samsung exec recently indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will launch “by April” and will be more “about the display and the feel of the cover.” One of the more heavily rumoured inclusions to the device is a fingerprint sensor for authentication and the ability to perform various tasks. New details of this has surfaced online by sources over at SamMobile.

A recent patent filing by Samsung showed a buttonless smartphone with a fingerprint sensor on the back of the device, but these new details scrub that idea and reveal that Samsung will launch the GS5 with a physical home button and include the sensor within it. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor is said to operate in a swipe manner that requires the user to completely swipe their finger over the home button “at a moderate speed.” If they are moving to fast or slow the user will be met with an error message.

Samsung is reportedly offering up users the opportunity to “register a total of 8 fingerprints and assign each fingerprint a different task or use it as an app shortcut… A new Personal Folder and Private Mode has been developed by Samsung, where you will be able to hide personal apps, widgets, and content you want to keep private.”

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