In the previous week Samsung had confirmed that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagship phones will be showcased on Feb. 25. As the launch date is nearing, newer information on the Galaxy S9 are consistently surfacing. According to XDA Developer, one of its forum members who performed an APK teardown of the Android Oreo beta for Galaxy Note 8 was able to find a new security feature that will be arriving on the Galaxy S9 duo. Through the teardown it was revealed that Samsung may introduce a new feature called Intelligent Scan that will combine facial recognition and iris scanning. With the combined feature, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be able to deliver robust security to their users.
Maxwell Weinbach, a senior member with XDA Developer forums has also uploaded a 6-second video that demonstrates the Intelligent Scan feature. The Galaxy S8, S8+, Galaxy Note 8 and the upcoming Galaxy S9 duo are all equipped with iris scanner and fingerprint scanner. The facial recognition feature that is combined with iris scanning will serve as another biometric recognition option on these phones.
Intelligent Scan has been never spotted in the software of any of the previous flagship phones by Samsung. Hence, it is speculated that Intelligent Scan is one of the new features that will be arriving on the Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones. One of the code strings that has been found through the teardown read “Unlock your phone using combined face and iris scanning.”
The Intelligent Scan will reportedly work well even in dim light conditions or very bright light. As it can be seen in the video, whether it is day or night, it will identify the face while the iris scanned simultaneously. The new feature surely appears to be an enhanced security but, it is not as secure as the fingerprint scanner. It can be used to authenticate the user in the different apps that support it.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to come preinstalled with Android 8.0 Oreo that is likely to bring along Intelligent Scan feature. It appears that the said feature will also arrive on Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 through Android Oreo update.