Palm Reading May Be the Future of Samsung Phones
With the rise of the Play Store and various payment options such as Android Pay, Samsung Pay and, Apple Pay, smartphone security became increasingly important. Numerous smartphone manufacturers have devised biometric means of security such as fingerprint readers or facial recognition software as seen in the iPhone 10’s Face ID. It’s always difficult to predict what will come next, but a recent patent may have given us a glimpse of the future of biometric security on Samsung devices.
According to the patent, future Samsung devices may make use of a palm reader to provide an additional layer of security for your smartphone. The patent shows a person using their smartphone’s camera to scan the palm of their hand. The camera, upon verifying the person’s identify, will display a few of the forgotten password’s characters.
The logic of this system is that, if the phone is stolen, security questions can often be guessed or otherwise circumvented. Whereas, this system ensures that the password can’t be guessed since it will require the user’s palm.
As with the other security options offered by Samsung, it is likely that this measure will be a supplemental one rather than a requirement. It brings up an interesting debate regarding such security features especially in light of the iPhone X. There are plenty of people who simply do not like the idea of relying on Face ID, but Apple’s facial recognition system is probably one around. Is it better to give users more control or choose a single option and devote your resources to making it the best that it can be?
Of course, we’re getting ahead of ourselves a bit since there’s no guarantee that Samsung will implement this feature. It isn’t uncommon for companies to file patents on products or ideas and never make use of them.
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