While Samsung has already been a leading manufacturer in the mobile semiconductor industry, the company is now working on making its mark in the fingerprint sensor market as well. Samsung Electronics System LSI division is said to have been involved in the development of fingerprint sensor chips since 2015 now. Apparently, the development is in its final stages and Samsung will be able to commercialize these chips by 2017. Also Read - Phones launching next week: Pixel 6 series, Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Motorola Edge S, moreAlso Read - Phones launched last week: Realme GT Neo 2, Moto E40, OnePlus 9RT, and more
According to a ETNews report, the short-term goal for Samsung is to supply the fingerprint sensors to the company’s own low and mid-range smartphones, before moving on to fulfilling requirements for its premium lineups like the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series. Eventually, the company will supply chips to other smartphone manufacturers as well. Presently, Samsung already supplies all sorts of components including, but not limited to display panels, processors, mobile RAMs, flash storage, and more to other OEMs.
Right now, Samsung outsources fingerprint sensors for its smartphones from Synaptics. However, by manufacturing its own fingerprint sensor chips, it will be able to bring down its costs substantially. A report by SamMobile states that, although Samsung will develop its own chip, it will source the necessary algorithm from Precise Biometrics in Sweden and for modules it will lean on existing relationships in the CMOS image sensor industry. A fingerprint recognition system requires these three components to function.
In order to make its smartphones smarter and to have most its technology designed and labeled in-house, Samsung has been making a few changes to its company structure. Last month, Samsung acquired Viv Labs, the startup behind Viv an AI assistant system, which is radically simplifying the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Interestingly, Viv was co-founded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, the creators of Apple s Siri.
And now, Samsung is believed to be integrating its own AI digital assistant on its upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. In addition to that, the smartphone will feature a button dedicated to launching the AI digital assistant. Latest reports have suggested a delay in launch of smartphone from the earlier speculated launch at MWC 2017 in February to April next year. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy S8 could feature 6.2-inch display to appeal to Galaxy Note 7 owners: Report
In a similar move, to take complete ownership of the mobile experience it offers its customers, in 2013, Samsung adopted Tizen, a new OS which it has more control on. Samsung Z2 was the first smartphone to be launched by Tizen operating system. While the entire range of Samsung mobile do not run on the OS, many of its mid-range smartphone, including its wearable watch series is powered by Tizen.