Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor is as easy to fool

Last year we saw that the iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is not foolproof and can be bypassed by a “fingerprint spoof” – an artificial print created from wood glue and a photo of a latent fingerprint taken with a regular smartphone camera.

As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner can be fooled by a spoof too – in fact, it was the same one previously used on the iPhone.

Creating a fingerprint spoof is not necessarily easy for the layperson, but it’s a fairly easy process once you know what you’re doing and you have a good photo of a latent print (possibly taken from the glossy screen of the device itself).

Apple’s sensor is as easy to fool as Samsung’s, but the iPhone will lock after a few unsuccessful attempts while it’s easy to make the Galaxy S5 let you try again. This makes it a little easier to unlock.

Anyway, check out how a Galaxy S5 is fooled using a spoof on video:

You can read more about fingerprint spoofs and how they are made from the SRS Labs post from last year (which was about the iPhone).

Keep in mind that third-party apps like PayPal use the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S5 to secure payments and PayPal is used in a large portion of online stores.

Top 10 features of Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung recently made their Galaxy S5 smartphone, the Korean company’s latest flagship model, available to the world.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 launched in 125 countries, making this the largest-rollout the Korean company has ever attempted. It will launch in an additional 25 markets in the coming days, bringing the total number to 150.

It is hard to point to one stand out feature that will grab the prospective user when they handle the Galaxy S5 for the first time. To many, that won’t matter, as Samsung has built a fan-base that only Apple can rival.

For those who haven’t made up their minds or are thinking of switching, here’s a list to assist you:
Samsung made their Galaxy S5 smartphone available to the world today (image: Samsung)

Samsung made their Galaxy S5 smartphone available to the world today (image: Samsung)

Processor

Running on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), it is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 chipset and Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU. It has an Adreno 330 Graphics Processor Unit, and other built-in features include an accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer and gesture-based selections. By having the Quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU, it makes it the fastest Galaxy device in Samsung’s current smartphone line-up.

Camera

Samsung said that as much as 28% of their users said that the camera was one of the most used functions on the previous device. For that reason, the company took to redesigning how the device takes images. At 16 MP and 5312 x 2988 resolution, the unit makes use of Phase Detection Autofocus, focusing on an object in as little as 0.3 seconds. This ensures that every subject is instantly in focus. But in post-processing, users will be able to shift the focal point of any image – even after it has been captured.

Battery

With a powerful Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery, it will give users up to 390 hours on stand-by time, or up to 21 hours of talk time. But the phone also comes equipped with a new Ultra Power Saving Mode, giving users the assurance that they will never be without a smartphone. When the battery gets to as low as 10%, the engaged Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display black and white and shuts off non-essential functions. This mode gives users an extra 24 hours of stand-by time for every 10% that remains in the battery.

Screen

The screen size has been increased slightly compared to the previous Galaxy S4 model, coming in at 5.1 inches with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. To protect the device from scratches and small bumps, the screen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is one of the toughest screens available. In terms of quality, the display is a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, capable of displaying up to 16-million different colors. For size, the device measures 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm and weighs only 145 g.

Finger print scanner

On the home button on the face of the device, sits the newly-implemented fingerprint scanner. The functionality allows users to lock and unlock their Galaxy S5 by simply swiping their finger over the button. Samsung added this feature to allow for better security, and to eliminate to need to push the home button and then enter a PIN number. The device is also capable of storing up to five different profiles, including a Kids mode, and each profile can log in using their unique fingerprint. The scanner is also PayPal certified, meaning that users will be able to make secure payments by swiping their finger.

ADH Premium

The ADH Premium covers two claims over the 24 month warranty period, including water or screen damage repairs. An additional Smart Swop or Smart Pick-up service is also included for an improved customer experience. Smart Swop is an elite benefit for GALAXY S5 consumers which allow users to receive a loan device while their smartphone is being repaired. What’s more, Smart Pick-up is a door-to-door solution, meaning the original device will be collected and returned to the consumer anywhere in South Africa.

DSTV BoxOffice

The GALAXY S5 will be the first to offer DStv’s BoxOffice application and open a new world of convenient entertainment options to customers. The BoxOffice app is an online movie rental service available to all GALAXY S5 customers (both DStv and non- DStv subscribers), with a selection of new releases and classic blockbusters to choose from, this application puts a DVD store in the palm of the consumer’s hand.

Movies range from R25 for a new release (or R30 for non-DStv Premium subscribers) to R10 for classics and are available to stream immediately over the Internet or can be downloaded and enjoyed as many times as users like, for up to 48 hours before it expires. The BoxOffice app can be found in the Google Play Store and Samsung GALAXY S5 customers will receive a complimentary movie upon activation of the service.

b-there

The new b-there travel app has been exclusively designed for Samsung users in Southern Africa. It acts as an online travel agency that enables customers to search, select and pay for travel products directly from their mobile device. These products include local and international flights, a range of accommodation options, car rental deals and travel packages. Furthermore, GALAXY device users will benefit from limited special package deals and even higher discounts on all rates and fares. The b-there travel app can be downloaded free from Google Play exclusively for Samsung GALAXY devices.

nMusic

The collaboration between Samsung and nMusic give customers the freedom to access music on GALAXY devices anywhere, anytime, even when the device is offline. By using a unique automatic cache system, even if an album, track or playlist has not been saved to offline mode, the play queued history is still available to listen to, regardless of whether the device is connected to the internet. Users can download their favourite tracks from a database of more than 20 million songs.

Lifestory

With Lifestory, GALAXY S5 customers will be able to order photographic prints directly from their mobile device, for delivery anywhere in SA. Through a partnership with Qphoto, Samsung users qualify for over

R1 000 worth of specials and discounts on prints every month, for a year. With a wide range of products available, from traditional postcard prints to canvas, from photo books to mugs and mouse pads – memories are brought to life and enjoyed forever. The Lifestory application can be downloaded from Google Play Store.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor
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Samsung Galaxy S5 unveiled in Kenya

Samsung Electronics East Africa has unveiled the its Galaxy S5 device in Kenya as it capitalises on consumers’ increasing demand for health apps.

The device has arrived in Kenya and has been in stores across the country through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and mobile operators from Friday April 11.

Robert Ngeru, vice president and chief operating officer (COO) of Samsung East Africa, said: “With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers… consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives.”

The Galaxy S5 is targeting the tech savvy generation, combining an advanced camera, fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features.

Samsung Galaxy S5 official TV commercial goes live


Samsung has launched a brand new Galaxy S5 commercial to celebrate the flagship’s global launch. Today the Galaxy S5 hits 125 markets worldwide.

The 30 seconds ad focuses on the Galaxy S5′s camera, fast networking capabilities and the water resistance.

We’ve already spent some quality time with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and you can find all about the smartphone right here.

Galaxy S5 is Better Than HTC One M8

Samsung seems to be in a particularly foul mood as the South Korean smartphone maker is targeting popular mobile brands. Samsung sales fell and the company reported decline in sales th second year in a row in the last quarter of FY13-14. We wonder if that is what is leading to the phone-maker taking on HTC One M8 and comparing it to it’s flagship device, Samsung Galaxy S5.

Samsung’s Profits Falling

The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter, down 4 percent from a year earlier. Sales were flat at 53 trillion won. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips, will release full quarterly results later this month.

The operating profit was in line with the median estimate by analysts surveyed by FactSet. Compared with the previous quarter, sales sank 11 percent while operating income inched up 1 percent.

The year-on-year profit decline shows the challenge for Samsung to maintain earnings growth as smartphone prices fall. The devices are its biggest cash cow, accounting for more than two-third of its income.

The average price of a Samsung smartphone this year will likely be $275, down 9 percent from 2013, according to Chung Chang-won, an analyst at Nomura Financial Investment.

That is because smartphone sales growth is slowing in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan while consumers in developing nations tend to buy cheaper handsets.

Chinese handset makers are also vying for customers in emerging markets. Samsung faces competition from a slew of handset makers in regions such as Southeast Asia where Lenovo and Xiaomi are expandin

“In 2014, I expect that even more Chinese vendors will come in and they will put in greater investment in such emerging markets and they will pose a bigger threat” to Samsung, said Ryan Lai, an analyst at research firm IDC.

Latest data shows Samsung is fending off the threat at least in China. The maker of Galaxy smartphones sold a record number of smartphones in the world’s most populous country in February, according to Counterpoint Technology Market Research. Apple Inc. tied Lenovo for second even after the launch of the iPhone through China Mobile helped the company boost sales.

Declining prices of smartphones also put pressure on profit margins for components that go into mobile devices, such as memory chips and display panels, two other key products made by Samsung.

Samsung is attempting to cut costs in response to its business challenges. Earlier this year, a mobile business executive said the company will reduce the proportion of ads and promotional fees to revenues. Samsung spent over $11 billion on advertising and promotions for handsets, televisions and other products last year.

Most analysts expected Samsung’s bottom line to improve from the current quarter as the latest version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, goes on sale worldwide from Friday. It selling the phone for slightly less than the previous version.