Battle of the Fingerprint Sensor Smartphones

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is on its way to store shelves this month, and with the HTC One M8 officially without a fingerprint sensor, smartphone customers wanting to authenticate with their unique biometric digits are going to be faced with a familiar choice: Android or iOS?

Thankfully, Tanner Marsh has made a preview video on YouTube comparing the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint sensor with Touch ID: the biometric lock in the home button of the iPhone 5S.

The video is comprehensive, detailing the enrollment process for each and testing the devices in a variety of different ways.

The evaluation seemingly comes out in favor of the iPhone in terms of real life, on-the-go use, simply by virtue of Touch ID’s ability to authenticate fingerprints from any angle (the Galaxy S5 requires a downward swipe, starting on the touch screen).

Bonus points go to Samsung for its PayPal partnership, however. When the new Galaxy smartphone ships, customers will be able to use the fingerprint sensor to authenticate online purchases, which is something of a holy grail in consumer mobile identity management and a feature that Apple is currently working on setting up in its own on-brand way.

The video can be watched in full on Tanner Marsh’s YouTube channel for those who have been unsure about which side of the fingerprint biometrics war to join.

As mentioned above, the new HTC One smartphone model does not feature fingerprint biometrics, which may be puzzling to those watching the strong authentication trends (particularly since the previous iteration of the phone did feature a fingerprint sensor). This has highlighted the importance of biometric software solutions that can offer better than password protection that is just as easy to use as the fingerprint sensors taking up all the news coverage.

All of this is to say: things are getting competitive in the smartphone authentication arena, which is only good news for people who are sick of passwords and PINs.