More Rumors of Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Gear

While CES 2014 may have been underwhelming in comparison with prior years' shows, we've still seen a number of interesting new developments this week, as well as new rumors emerging. One rumor now circulating originated during a Bloomberg interview at CES with Lee Young Hee, Samsung's vice president of its mobile devices unit. During Hee's interview, she seems to have dropped hints that the company's next version of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, could offer iris scanner technology.

While few details were offered, Hee confirmed that the Galaxy S5 is likely to be released in March or April of this year, following Samsung's typical release schedule. Along with the Galaxy S5, she indicated that the company will likely unveil an updated, less bulky version of its Galaxy Gear smart watch.

Whether the S5 will actually include iris scanning technology as soon as March remains to be seen. Hee's remarks indicated the company is studying the new technology, but she remained non-conmittal as to when it might be incorporated. Based on that information, it seems that an iris-scanning Galaxy phone could still be a long way from reality.

The Age of Biometrics

Taking a step back, we see that there have been a handful of trends emerging at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and one interesting trend certainly involves the use of biometrics to increase data and device security. Apple actually initiated the biometrics trend months ago, when it released the iPhone 5S with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Google's Nexus 7 tablet has also been using biometric security, in the form of facial recognition. Now, if the hints dropped by Lee Young Hee turn out to be true, Samsung may soon follow suit with an eye scanner.

So, which is better, fingerprint reader, facial recognition, or iris scanner? Iris scanning -- which quickly analyzes the...

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