The business has developed a type of sensor that can be embedded beneath a display panel.
A new kind of technology that could make a considerable difference to mobile security has just been patented by a company in South Korea, marking what could potentially be a future turn in the direction being taken in fingerprint scanning on smartphones and other devices.
The technology allows the fingerprint sensor to be embedded underneath a smartphone’s display panel.
The company that has patented the technology, CrucialTec, has only just received the approval that it needed for the patent in question. According to reports, the company first filed for the patent back in 2012. This is an interesting development, as the announcement followed closely on the heels of one that revealed that Apple had filed to patent technology relating to fingerprint scanning in its own mobile security TouchID tech.
Apple’s patent showed that it was seeking to patent mobile security tech that would bring its scanner beneath its display.
Apple’s patent filing showed that the company has been trying to take its fingerprint scanner off its home buttons in order to add it under the display of the devices. This move would be an important one for Apple, as it would make it possible to make some considerable changes to the design of its various mobile devices, such as the iPhone.
It has not yet become evident whether or not the patents that have been filed by CrucialTec and by Apple are in any level of conflict with one another, but that will certainly be an important discovery as things move forward. Keeping in mind that CrucialTec is a supplier of fingerprint scanners for Huawei, the importance of these patents becomes even greater.
Huawei is among several of the lower end smartphone makers that have been cutting into the market share of the high end gadgets from Apple. It isn’t unlikely that this mobile security technology will start to send the companies into some intense legal action in order to ensure that they will be able to hang on to the technologies that they have sought to patent.