Samsung may ditch its cumbersome swipe fingerprint scanner for a touch scanner like Apple's Reuters

In the race to make smartphones more secure, many manufacturers have implemented fingerprint sensors on them. We’ve seen such technology on the iPhone 5, 6 and 6 Plus by Apple Inc., the Ascend Mate 7 by Huawei and the several phones by Samsung Electronics Co., including the Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, and Galaxy Note Edge.

But with Samsung’s scanner, called "Finger Scanner," users must swipe their fingers along the bottom of a device’s screen and home button to have their fingerprint read. Rather than read a complete fingerprint, "Finger Scanner" registered a partial print from different angles. Some users find this method cumbersome, having to swipe several times before a device unlocks. But Samsung may be addressing this in the coming Galaxy S6 with a new technology for its fingerprint scanner, unnamed sources told tech website SamMobile Friday.

The report says Samsung will retire is own fingerprint scanner technology for a new touch-based sensor, more like Apple's and Huawei’s. Samsung Galaxy S6 users can expect the home button on the smartphone to be larger than it has been on predecessors, so they can simply press their finger against the home key – from any angle, and have their fingerprint read. The updated Finger Scanner will still include Samsung’s advanced software features, which consumers won’t find on Apple or Huawei smartphones.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may be announced in March during the World Mobile Congress, and is expected to include such advanced specifications, such as a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, a 64-bit processor, increased storage capacity, a powerful camera and a single chip to house many of the device's sensors.

News of a Quad HD display for the Galaxy S6 recently surfaced via a user agent profile (UAProf) by Samsung, which lists product information for mobile phones and other devices. Samsung faced heavy criticism in 2014 after the Galaxy S5 was released with a Full HD display rather than a Quad HD display, one of many factors that likely led to the phone’s market failure.

Samsung hopes to clean up its 2014 mistakes and bolster smartphone sales with the Galaxy S6 in 2015, which should include giving the device the most top-of-the-line specifications.