Apple, Samsung race to put fingerprint tech on tablets, despite market growth worries

Apple, Samsung race to put fingerprint tech on tablets, despite market growth worries

Summary: Aside from being rivals in the smartphone space, the two electronics giants are pushing hard to develop fingerprint technology to cater for their business users.

TOPICS: Tablets, Apple, iPad, Samsung
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Apple and Samsung are racing to include the previously seen fingerprint technology on their respective tablet ranges — or face isolation from a lucrative business market.

A new report published on Monday points to Samsung moving to include its fingerprint technology to at least one of its tablets, dubbed the Galaxy Tab S, which will land in two sizes — an 8.4-inch and a 10.5-inch tablet, donning the fingerprint scanner already included in its Galaxy S5 smartphone.

It's hoped with the inclusion of the fingerprint scanner, Samsung can port across its fingerprint unlock, PayPal mobile payments, and other single sign-on technology to its tablet base.

That tablet base, of course, has a significant bring-your-own-device (BYOD), and business and enterprise customer base.

It's a logical next move for Samsung. The same can be said for Apple's iPad, which as of yet has not received the biometric technology, but is expected to land with it when the next-generation iPad lands at a later date this year.

Apple and Samsung remain in a deep battle over not only smartphones, patents, but also tablets.

Although Apple has the majority share of the tablet market at 32.5 percent, it's down 16 percent year-over-year, while Samsung's 22.3 percent is rising by 32 percent from the same quarter a year earlier.

At this rate, Samsung could become the market leader in the tablet space — albeit with a larger range of devices than Apple — by the middle of next year. And that's even taking into account the slowdown of the tablet market, which is slated by research firm IDC to have grown by just 3.9 percent over the previous 12 months, ending April.

Considering the decline in growth estimates, fingerprint tech may well be the kicker that will drive the non-consumer user base into snapping up tablets like never before. Increased security alone and the ability to encrypt data locally (and in the cloud) with a fingerprint could be enough to convince even the most stubborn chief information officer that the larger counterpart to their fingerprint-enabled smartphones could be worth buying in droves.

Whichever company gets there first doesn't particularly matter. The likelihood is that Samsung will dish out details on its fingerprint-enabled forthcoming tablet in June, while Apple may wait until September, or as late as November, to launch its next round of iPads, in accordance with its historic release schedule.

Topics: Tablets, Apple, iPad, Samsung

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  • Samsung needs to improve fingerprint reader

    I'm a huge Android fan, but based on reviews I've seen of the S5 Samsung really did a poor job with its fingerprint reader. While the S5 reader is FIDO compatible, meaning it'll support a wider range of security connections than Apple's TouchID system, the quality of the reader is much lower than Apples.

    So Samsung, step your game up. Stop wasting time with gimmicky BS and get the core features of your device working better.
  • Both are useless for a substitute for passwords.

    Apples was faked out in 3 days.

    Most fingerprint readers don't take much longer, and so far, none have held up.
    • Not so sure

      The claim was made, but the prize, which actually required proof, was never actually awarded, I believe.
    • Not really

      Whether you like it or not the future of passwords is biometric. Nobody wants to have to remember 3 million different passwords and any password manager is flawed by having a master password.

      So for the vast majority of people even a dodgy fingerprint scanner is going to provide better protection than the one rubbish password that they use to access all their sites.

      I don't know how long it takes to fake it, but if it is longer than it takes for someone to realise they've lost their phone, locate it and remote wipe it then I don't see it as being a problem at all.
  • Apple, Samsung race to put fingerprint tech on tablets, despite market grow

    Wasted efforts. Just like the laptops with fingerprint scanners that never get used they won't be used on tablets either.
  • Not wasted effort

    I use the fingerprint scanners on all my phones and laptops. Not because they're secure but because they're convenient.

    This way I can have hard-to-guess passwords everywhere without the hassle of remembering and typing them. Considering that this password is connected to web and intranet resources it all ends up being more secure as a side effect of being simpler! Luv it :)
  • my hair not growing worries some, too

    Smartphones and pda devices had fingerprint readers a decade ago. Why the fuss now, especially when android and IPhone don't have firewalls running and let all sorts of adware and malware through to slow the phone and waste bandwidth?
  • Fingerprint Scanners can easily be fooled

    There's no future for fingerprint scanners IMO. You can fake it out too easy. A user's fingerprints are all over a smartphone or tablet. Anyone can youtube how to lift the prints using tape.