Apple and HTC chose to make fingerprint recognition the way to unlock their devices last year, but rival smartphone manufacturer Samsung might use eye recognition as a way to unlock phones. In an interview with Bloomberg News, Samsung Executive Vice President of Mobile Lee Young Hee confirmed that the Galaxy S5 will be released no later than April of this year. When it debuts, the phone might feature technology that will only unlock the screen when the owner puts his or her eye near an iris scanner. Lee explained:
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology. We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
Though Samsung has not reached a point where its executives feel confident enough to promise eye-recognition software, the company is at least close enough to a workable solution that it is willing to publicly comment on the matter. Samsung already features eye tracking software in some devices, but they require a decent amount of light in order to function properly. It’s like that any potential unlock setting would also require suitable lighting to be effective.