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October 11, 2013

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Really? Funny, I seem to remember there was a very good reason why Motorola quickly abandoned the idea. Because they used the old technology which required users to swipe their fingers over the sensor, which was unreliable and wore down after repeated use.

Apple on the other hand designed a system that requires users to simply touch their finger against a capacitive sensor, which works reliably and repeatedly. A sensor that sits right inside the familiar home button, rather than some extraneous sensor on the back or side of the phone.

Its all about implementation buddy. It doesn't matter if you were first to market an IDEA. What matters is who is first to get that idea truly right, and worthwhile for the mass market. If Motorola was so successful with the Atrix, then how come the whole fingerprint sensor concept is exploding immediately after Apples Touch ID? The answer is pretty simple.

Motorola Atrix is the originator as much as you'd like to hide it.

Considering that CrucialTec is headquartered in Korea, it was likely Samsung's plan all along to support them and used the opportunity to hang US supplier Validity out to dry. That sounds like Samsung to me.

Samsung are not only in conversation with Validity but also CrucialTec. Touch sensors are rumoured to be ready for mass production in the beginning of 2014, in time for Samsung Galaxy S5.

It was also rumoured that the yield from Validity was not satisfying and Samsung are now in closer contact to CrucialTec.

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