The next big security development for smartphones may involve a user’s eyes.
Not to be outdone by the TouchID fingerprint sensor introduced by Apple (AAPL) on the iPhone 5s, Samsung may include eye scanning technology in its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone. Sales of the current Samsung flagship smartphone slackened after the launch of the iPhone 5s in September, Bloomberg notes.
A senior Samsung official would not confirm that the Galaxy S5 would actually feature an iris scanner at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, but indicated that Samsung was “studying the possibility.”
Samsung is looking to launch the Galaxy S5 “around March and April,” the executive said at CES. Samsung recently posted its first quarterly earnings decline in more than two years. Samsung, which produces a myriad of smartphone models, is facing weakening growth in high-end smartphone sales.
In addition to the Galaxy S5, Samsung is expected to release a new version of its Galaxy Gear smart watch this spring. The Galaxy Gear debuted in October to mixed reviews.
Samsung got more publicity than it wanted at this year’s CES when a Hollywood director who was supposed to promote Samsung TVs stumbled during his presentation and abruptly walked off the stage.