Samsung's Ditches S8 Iris Scanning

Samsung has reportedly made a last-minute addition on how biometric authentication will work in its next flagship phone.

Samsung is to introduce facial recognition on the Galaxy S8, as iris scanning is too slow and inaccurate.

Samsung is adding facial recognition feature to complement the iris scanner on its flagship device. On the back of the Galaxy S8 is a 12MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture and OIS, similar to the rear camera employed on the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung is reportedly testing the prototypes which are deploying the face scanning technology.

Samsung's decision to include boosted facial recognition feature comes amid speculation that Apple is looking to replace its fingerprint scanner with a face scanner on the iPhone 8, which is slated to be released in September.

The latter sports the same star-themed wallpaper seen in the alleged official render of the Galaxy S8, increasing the chances of it being the real deal. Incorporating this option may be an easy alternative for Samsung as face detection by the Google OS does not need any particular hardware.

Interestingly, the Android OS is able to support facial recognition through the secondary camera since 2011, when Ice Cream Sandwich was released by Google.

If you've been following all the Galaxy S8 rumors, the handset will likely offer iris scanning and a built-in fingerprint reader, but it seems that those features aren't enough.

Again, if one were to take a look at past performance, Samsung only rolled out an unlocked, USA carrier-ready variant of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge in June previous year, which was three months after the flagship smartphones hit the market.

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