LG Electronics is reportedly working on a prototype of their flagship G-series smartphone that includes a swipe-based fingerprint scanner that they hope will compete with Apple’s Touch ID sensor that is currently exclusive to the iPhone 5s.
The so-called “G3” from LG is said to currently be in testing, according to a report published this week by The Korea Herald. The next-generation Android handset is reportedly expected to debut at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, scheduled for February of 2014.
However, it looks like LG hasn’t been able to reverse engineer Apple’s unique fingerprint scanning technology they use in their Touch ID sensor, as the LG sensor “would likely come as a swipe fingerprint sensor,” the report said. Apple’s Touch ID simply requires the user to place their finger on the sensor to unlock their device.
The report also cites the ever popular “unnamed source” who indicated that Apple is planning to bring their Touch ID technology to more of their devices, “including smartphones and tablet PCs.” Touch ID is currently exclusive to the company’s iPhone 5s flagship handset.