While it’s still unclear exactly when LG plans to roll out its 2014 flagship mobile devices, likely called G Pro 2 and G3, a fresh report out of Korea makes one joint feature look certain: fingerprint scanning.
Will 2014 be the year fingerprint sensors on phones become mainstream? Don’t rule the possibility out, as Samsung is apparently considering implementing the technology for the first time on the Galaxy S5. Meanwhile, Apple has no reason to ditch Touch ID, inaugurated on the iPhone 5s, regardless of (minor?) security concerns.
And then there’s LG, which we all expected to fit a fingerprint scanner on G2’s sexy back. Instead, the funky rear was ultimately seasoned with power and volume physical controls, a design shift that, according to some, helped set the beast apart from the competition, whereas others deemed it uncomfortable and pointless.
No idea if the Koreans wish to proceed on the same controversial aesthetical path, however if we are to take ETNews’ claims for granted, G2’s follow-up(s) will certainly support “touch to unlock”. Mind you, if the Korean publication is correct, not just the G3 shall read and recognize prints, but also the G Pro 2 (G2 Pro?) and any other high-ender LG may currently have in the pipeline.
Sounds like quite the gamble, as most people still regard the function as “gimmicky”, but again, this might be the time fingerprint recognition becomes generally accepted as a standard mobile feature.
Now, location, location, location is not only the key to doing solid real estate business, as LG needs to follow Apple’s suit rather than HTC’s and find a comfy and unintrusive place for the fingerprint scanner.
So not the back. Please, please, please not the back. The LG logo right behind the screen area would be a nifty spot, or maybe somewhere next to the front cam. Oh, I know, how about embedding the sensor in the actual display? Wouldn’t that be something?