A new app for Android smartphones turns the lock screen into a finger scanner, a feature incorporated by Apple in its latest iPhone 5S.
The ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure adds camera-powered fingerprint scanning to Android’s lock screen and instead of real-time sensors; it relies on matching images of the finger to unlock the phone.
According to CNET, the free app initially ‘enrolls’ a person’s fingerprint by taking two photos of a finger and every time one needs to unlock the phone, they need to place the finger exactly the same way within an on-screen oval, and wait for the app to match it with the ‘enrolled’ finger print.
Since it is an app and not a sensor, it is a little frustrating to get enrolled in the scanning and successfully unlocking in first attempt.
However, there is also a traditional PIN-based backup in case a user is simple unable to provide the exact match for the enrolled print.
Source: TOI Tech News