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[Engadget] Samsung buys fingerprint scanning company for $650 million

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Update: Investor relations site Cision tells the Financial Times the press release it sent out confirming the sale was "completely false" and that it's investigating. We've checked with Samsung which confirmed that the report was not true and that it was not aware of where the news came from. The initial press release as well as a new one from Fingerprints AB can be found after the break.

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Between the iPhone 5s and the forthcoming HTC One Max, it looks as if biometric security will be the
next big mobile battleground. Not to be done, of course, Samsung has just splashed out $650 million on Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards AB. The company has already crafted a swipe sensor that works on mobile devices like the Galaxy S 4, and has similar technology working with Windows 8.1 devices. The unit will be turned into a separate division of the Korean behemoth, and the re-named Samsung Fingerprint Cards Division will be run by AB's current CEO, Johan Carlström.

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And so it begins

Thoughts?


Well, nevermind I guess LOL



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Samsung also has unveiled their 'colorful' line of phones, taking a cue from Nokia and perhaps also from Apple. This is called the Samsung Galaxy J.
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Nokia wasn’t the first smartphone maker to offer its smartphones in a variety of colors, but it looks to have started a trend by making its flagship and mid-range Lumia phones in various bold, bright colors. Apple followed Nokia’s lead last month when it launched the iPhone 5c, and now Samsung has taken a cue from the soon-to-be-former Finnish smartphone maker with its new Galaxy J. The handset moves away from Samsung’s typical, somewhat subdued color palette and is available in deep blue and hot pink in addition to a tamer white tone. Beyond that, it is very much a standard Samsung smartphone with cutting-edge specs that include a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB RAM, LTE-A support, a 13-megapixel main camera, a 2,600 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The Galaxy J will launch in Japan by the end of the month, but no word yet on an International rollout.

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Overall thoughts?

Disclaimer: I understand that the Galaxy J announcement is completely separate from them buying a fingerprint scanning company, but rather than making two threads I decided to add the Galaxy J information to this thread. This could make discussion focused on the concept of Samsung catching up to market trends set by other tech giants.

I hope a mod can edit the title to work around this!
Edited by Yukla - 10/11/13 at 2:47am
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Samsung or Samcopy? rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by boot318 View Post

Samsung or Samcopy? rolleyes.gif

Lets not turn this into a thread about that.

They have definitely been reshaping ideas from other companies, but have also been been doing their own thing e.g. curved phones

Lets also not forget that Samsung is a MASSIVE company and innovates not just in the Smartphone industry but also with home appliances, solid state drives, memory and processor wholesale manufacturing, laptops, etc.

I personally do not like Android and Samsung phones, though.
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Samsung is not buying a fingerprint scanning company, 'completely false' release distributed
That was fast.
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Indeed. Updating to reflect the change
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Curious to see what colors they'll offer.
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