Report: Samsung, LG hurrying to put swipe-type fingerprint recognition technology on smartphones

Apple has beat all major vendors out there by incorporating Touch ID biometric authentication system in its iPhone 5S. It was rumoured that Samsung’s Note 3 will have fingerprint recognition technology, but that didn’t turn out to be true when it was announced at IFA 2013 earlier. Same was the case with reports from the Korean press that indicate that LG was going to steal Apple’s thunder by including a similar scanner on its flagship device.

Apple used its all-familiar home button to craft and present its convoluted technology to the users. The new fingerprint technology has been intelligently designed by Apple and is backed by Cupertino’s latest 64-bit processor. Apple is by far the only company which uses a smart “area type” sensor as Android OEMs will be using Korea’s CrucialTec technology.

The news of Apple beating Samsung and LG with a sound fingerprint solution in the market isn’t impressing the Korean Press as it is downplaying Apple’s advantage in the market. Korea’s CrucialTec and US-based AuthenTec are the two global fingerprint recognition solution leaders in the market today. Apple acquired AuthenTec last year and the Android camp is reportedly using CrucialTec technology.

The two area type and swipe type fingerprint recognition technology work quite differently. With the area type technology, users just need to hold their fingertip over the censor area and their fingerprint will be scanned. With the swipe type technology, users will have to simple swipe their finger over the sensor surface and their fingerprint will be assembled.

The major advantage of using area type technology is that it creates an intuitive fingerprint recognition environment. Opposing Apple the Korea Times stated that “It is difficult to make the sensor smaller, it is limited in terms of where in the smartphone it will be installed, and the prices of the parts are over 3 times more expensive than those of the swipe type. The swipe type can have various shapes and be installed anywhere …”

But this doesn’t mean that swipe-type fingerprint recognition technology is problem-free: one of the major ones, as reports indicate, is that the swipe-type method has “lower recognition rate” as compared to its area type counterpart. Apple has taken a very prudent approach by choosing accuracy over higher cost involved with area type recognition.