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Samsung planning Galaxy S5 for April, setting their sights on eye scanning tech

SamsungReports are circulating the web about Samsung’s plans to release the Samsung Galaxy S5 as early as this April. But what really has tongues wagging is their alleged interest in eye scanning technology.

We don’t know if their interest in eye scanners will be applied to their latest Galaxy release, but it seems likely. Samsung is always looking to keep up – and often attempts to surpass – competitive forces. Their biggest rival is arguably Apple, and we can assume with some certainty that this model will be a direct blow against the iPhone.

With the latest iPhones having fingerprint sensors, Samsung has to release something cool to match up with it. Having an eye scanner, for both security and possibly some functions, would be a decent feature. Though, like so many other Samsung innovations, more flashy than useful.

In addition to a Galaxy S5, which we don’t yet have any real details for, other products will be released at the same time.

When we release our S5 device, you can also expect a Gear successor with more advanced functions, and the bulky design will also be improved, executive VP of mobile designs Lee Young Hee said during the CES 2014 show.

The Galaxy Gear was a bit of a letdown, despite all the hype. It was pretty much just a watch that connected to your smartphone, which had limited applications. The problem was that it was marketed as a consumer product, when most consumers would have little to no use for it.

Now, there seems to be a switch in focus. Hee explained:

Health-care related functions will be the most inherently tied functions to future wearables. We see a very big potential from there.

They will be adding things like heart monitors and stress meters, as well as more fitness features like a calorie counter. That seems like a good route, and one they should have taken from the beginning. Medical applications were the most obvious, rather than creating an extra and unneeded step for using a smartphone.

We will release the details about the Galaxy S5 once they become available. But I know I am much more interested in the “new wearable device” that is going to be coming alongside the Gear update.

Source: Bloomberg

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