News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 26, 2014.
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Here's another difference between the Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner and the Apple iPhone 5S Touch ID: developers will actually be able to incorporate the scanner into their apps on the Galaxy S5. Samsung today released software development kits (SDK) for its smartphones and wearable devices announced earlier this week, and Fingerprint Scanner is among the features that developers will be able to access. The SDK includes a new "Pass" section that can integrate the scanner to authenticate someone's identity. Information on the website is limited, but Samsung explains that developers can use Pass to:
- Request fingerprint recognition
- Cancel fingerprint recognition requests
- Verify whether the fingerprint of the current user matches the fingerprint registered on the device
- Register fingerprints through the Enroll screen
I haven't yet pinned down how Samsung will treat fingerprint security. Samsung could make it so developers only have permission to request authentication and then have the device check a fingerprint against the registered owner. Under that scenario, the verification process would be handled directly by standard procedures and leave third parties on the outside. The other potential way would be to have certain apps granted access to actually seeing and storing fingerprints, which would open up serious concerns about security, privacy, and user data protection. As Techcrunch points out, Apple was quick to state that developers could not access Touch ID when concerns about those issues first emerged when the iPhone 5s was released.
Samsung has made security an important selling point of its devices, so the company would be wise to provide clarity on the authentication process. Paypal is currently the only confirmed app to integrate Fingerprint Scanner on the Galaxy S5.source: Samsung, via: Techcrunch
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.