Samsung fingerprint scanners may be more like Apple Touch ID

Since the Galaxy S5 launched, Samsung has been including fingerprint scanners inside the home button on its high-end devices. But the major difference betwwen the Samsung scanners and Apple's Touch ID is that on a Samsung phone, you've to swipe the finger over the reader unlike Apple's implementation where users simply place their finger on the home button.

Samsung's fingerprint technology will continue to center around a touch-based capacitive reader, the way Apple's Touch ID does as Samsung is looking to upgrade its fingerprint sensor, which is reportedly touch-based, so user will simply need to place their fingerprint on the home key.

Of course, Samsung’s current home button may be a little too skinny to get a good look at your fingerprint. SamMobile cites sources who believe Samsung will make its home button slightly bigger to accommodate the new sensor.

A more reliable fingerprint scanner won’t just make Samsung smartphones more secure; it could do a lot for Samsung’s mobile payment ambitions. A key part of Apple Pay’s success is that Touch ID biometric authentication is reliable and quick, so you’re not standing at a cash register trying to get your iPhone to recognize your finger.

Samsung is developing mobile payment software with Paypal and biometric verification firm Synaptics. A mobile payment system based around an effective fingerprint reader is much more likely to be successful than the rumored LoopPay case that would emulate soon-to-be-obsolete magnetic credit card swipes.