LG Electronics Testing a Swipe-Based Fingerprint Sensor to Compete with Apple
LG Electronics is supposedly testing a prototype version of the next generation of its flagship G-series smartphones that will allegedly include a swipe-based fingerprint sensor. This technology would be in an effort to counter the Touch ID capability of Apple’s iPhone 5S. It’s the so-called “G3” from LG which is said to be testing the feature according to a recent report from The Korea Herald
. The next-gen handset is reportedly expected to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, scheduled for February of 2014.
Unlike Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded in the iPhone 5S home button which allows a user to simply place their finger on the scanner, LG’s method “would likely come as a swipe fingerprint sensor” according to the report. This would suggest that LG has been unable to replicate the patented, unique fingerprint scanning technology that Apple acquired in its purchase of the security firm AuthenTec.
Another report also cited an unnamed source who indicated that Apple plans to bring Touch ID to a “broader range of its products, including smartphones and tablet PCs.” For those of you who didn’t already know, Touch ID debuted on the iPhone 5S in September, but was not added to Apple’s late 2013 iPad lineup, leaving the feature exclusive to the company’s flagship smartphone for the time being.
LG’s rumored “G3” smartphone is reportedly expected to include Google’s Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system as well as a “Quad HD” display and a 2.2-gigahertz octa-core processor. The report also mentions that LG is in the middle of developing a wearable smart watch and health and fitness wrist band that will sync to the “G3,” and those devices are also rumored to debut at the Mobile World Congress event. It should also be noted that LG isn’t the same company as LG Display, which is an independent company that is also one of Apple’s key suppliers, providing high-res panels for the iPhone and iPad.
We’ll have to wait and see how LG’s technology compares to that of Apple.
Source: The Korea Herald