Samsung’s apparent move to copy Apple’s Touch ID seems to be taking its toll on the South Korean tech giant. After incurring huge legal costs for doing this, it seems that pay-back is not over for Sammy, a South Korean tech corporation that tops the charts as far as smartphones shipment is concerned. Samsung did a hell of a job to make as much of a carbon copy as possible with its fingerprint technology in the S5. Things didn’t turn out well though. Copied technology has for a long time been known to be synonymous to lower quality technology. This is apparently what manifested with the glitch problems users have been encountering.
So what has Sammy decided to do to fix this issue before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6? Make it as closer as possible yet to Apple’s Touch ID. That seems to be a Pandora’s Box of problems, but not quite yet. There is no indication the global electronics firm will let this be a hindrance to the market performance of the S6, which users are so far looking forward to.
As it appears, part of the problem is that Sammy’s imitation software is swipe-based, whereby a user has to swipe their finger across the home screen button to get their device activated. On the contrary, Apple’s Touch ID is touch-based, which means users just have to touch the home screen to unlock their devices. This touch-based approach results to faster response time and higher frequency of accurate readings on the Apple side. When making the S5, Samsung had hoped the swipe feature would do all well, but customers were loaded with complaints and usage frustrations.
For the Samsung Galaxy S6, the company will change mind and adopt the touch-based fingerprint identification method. This will obviously make it more readable, as the new device (S6) will leverage a larger home button when compared to the Samsung Galaxy S5. This implies Sammy is making software enhancements that resemble Apple’s tech, which could all the same translate to legal reprisals. Analysts however suggest that it’s unlikely Apple will take the shot to the courts.
Although Samsung has been a common participants in patent-based legal duels, the company’s customers are apparently better satisfied than Apple’s. More so, Samsung is looking to make cheaper devices that will enhance its competitive advantage in the market. Adding a more reliable touch sensor will no doubt be an added advantage to the company’s next smartphone release — the Samsung Galaxy S6.