VentureBeat Samsung Galaxy S9 may have an “Intelligent Scan” feature which combines Face Unlock and Iris Scanner

Samsung Galaxy S9 may have an “Intelligent Scan” feature which combines Face Unlock and Iris Scanner

An interesting tip was just sent our way by XDA Senior Member mweinbach. According to an APK teardown of the most recent Settings app from the latest unreleased Android Oreo beta for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there appears to be a new feature in works for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Called Intelligent Scan, the feature reportedly “combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.”

Intelligent Scan = Face Unlock + Iris Scanner?

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the latest Samsung Galaxy flagships have an iris scanner than can be used for biometric entry of passwords. The Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 all offer an iris scanner, however, nowhere in their software is an “Intelligent Scan” feature ever mentioned. Thus, it is presumed that the strings found in the teardown refer to a new feature on the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

mweinbach uploaded the following video which is presumably the help graphic that Samsung will use to show the user how the feature works.

Much like the standard Iris Scanner, Intelligent Scan can also be used to unlock the Galaxy S9/S9+ as soon as the screen turns on. However, Samsung combining it with facial recognition technology means it’ll hopefully be better at securing your phone, though we don’t see it replacing fingerprint authentication just yet.

Intelligent Scan can also be used to verify yourself in applications provided the app supports it. That’s not too surprising since the standalone Iris Scanner on the Galaxy Note 8 works similarly.

We’re bound to hear more about this feature in the coming weeks, especially as we inch closer to the official unveiling on February 25th. Most of the specifications, the look, and even the retail box have already been leaked, however, so don’t expect anything too surprising to be revealed.

You can find the full strings obtained from a teardown of the Note 8 Settings APK below.

Intelligent Scan Strings


<string name="lockpassword_confirm_your_password_with_intelligentscan">Use Intelligent Scan or enter your password.</string>
<string name="lockpassword_confirm_your_pattern_instead_of_intelligentscan">Draw your pattern instead of using Intelligent Scan.</string>
<string name="lockpassword_confirm_your_pattern_with_intelligentscan">Use Intelligent Scan or draw your pattern.</string>
<string name="lockpassword_confirm_your_pin_instead_of_intelligentscan">Enter your PIN instead of using Intelligent Scan.</string>
<string name="lockpassword_confirm_your_pin_with_intelligentscan">Use Intelligent Scan or enter your PIN.</string>
<string name="setup_lock_screen_intro_radio_ib">Set up Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="smarscan_unlock_when_turns_on_summary">Unlock your phone with Intelligent Scan as soon as the screen turns on, without swiping first.</string>
<string name="smarscan_unlock_when_turns_on_title">Screen-on Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="smartscan_category_feature">Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="smartscan_category_register">Face and iris data</string>
<string name="smartscan_chooselock_help_text_1">To use Intelligent Scan securely, you need to set a pattern, PIN, or password.</string>
<string name="smartscan_confirm_guide_look_here">Look here to use Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="smartscan_confirm_guide_tap_here">Tap here to use Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="smartscan_lock_setup_desc_common">"To use Intelligent Scan to unlock your phone or to verify yourself in apps, you'll need to:"</string>
<string name="smartscan_lock_setup_sub_desc2">Register your face and irises.</string>
<string name="smartscan_lock_setup_title">Set up Intelligent Scan security</string>
<string name="smartscan_lockscreen_biometric_not_registered_summary">Combined face and iris scanning for better results. Register your face and irises to use Intelligent Scan.</string>
<string name="smartscan_lockscreen_biometric_registered_summary">Your face and irises have been registered.</string>
<string name="smartscan_main_title">Intelligent Scan improves accuracy and security by using both iris and face data.</string>
<string name="smartscan_register_face_and_iris">Register face and irises</string>
<string name="smartscan_remove_face_and_iris">Remove face and iris data</string>
<string name="smartscan_remove_smartscan_dialog_body_for_feature">"If you're using face or iris authentication in apps, you'll need to register your face or irises again to sign in to those apps."</string>
<string name="smartscan_remove_smartscan_dialog_title">Remove face and iris data?</string>
<string name="smartscan_samsung_account_summary">Use Intelligent Scan to verify your identity instead of your Samsung account password.</string>
<string name="smartscan_samsungpass_summary">Use Intelligent Scan to verify your identity in %s and other supported apps.</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_off_dialog_message">Intelligent Scan is turned off automatically when both Face and Iris are turned off.</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_off_dialog_message_for_smartscan">Face and Iris turned off automatically when Intelligent Scan turned off.</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_off_dialog_title">Turn off Intelligent Scan?</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_off_toast_message">Intelligent Scan is turned off automatically when both Face and Iris are turned off.</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_off_toast_message_smartscan">Face and Iris turned off automatically when Intelligent Scan turned off.</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_on_toast_message">"Intelligent Scan turned on because you've turned on both Face and Iris."</string>
<string name="smartscan_turn_on_toast_message_smartscan">Face and Iris turned on automatically when Intelligent Scan is on.</string>
<string name="smartscan_unlock_summary">Unlock your phone using combined face and iris scanning.</string>
<string name="smartscan_unlock_title">Intelligent Scan unlock</string>
<string name="smartscan_use_improve_experience_desc">Intelligent Scan combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.</string>
<string name="smartscan_use_smartscan_lock_turn_on_desc">"Now that you've registered both your face and your irises, you can turn on Intelligent Scan, which combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light."</string>
<string name="smartscan_use_smartscan_lock_turn_on_title">Turn on Intelligent Scan?</string>
<string name="smartscan_using_smart_scan_desc_1">Intelligent Scan combines face and iris scanning to improve accuracy and security even in low or very bright light.</string>
<string name="smartscan_using_smart_scan_header">A smarter way to verify</string>
<string name="smartscan_web_summary">Use Intelligent Scan to sign in to websites.</string>
<string name="bio_smartscan_title">Intelligent Scan</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_face_popup_message_for_iris">"Iris unlock can't be used at the same time as Face unlock."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_face_popup_message_for_smart_scan">"Intelligent Scan can't be used at the same time as Face unlock."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_face_popup_title">Turn off Face unlock?</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_iris_popup_message_for_face">"Face unlock can't be used at the same time as Iris unlock."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_iris_popup_message_for_smart_scan">"Intelligent Scan can't be used at the same time as Iris unlock."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_iris_popup_title">Turn off Iris unlock?</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_smart_scan_popup_message_for_face">"Face unlock can't be used at the same time as Intelligent Scan."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_smart_scan_popup_message_for_iris">"Iris unlock can't be used at the same time as Intelligent Scan."</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_smart_scan_popup_title">Turn off Intelligent Scan?</string>
<string name="biometrics_common_turn_off_smart_scan_popup_title">Turn off Intelligent Scan?</string>
<string name="facelock_option_disabled_summary_common">Not available when Intelligent Scan is on.</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_button_set_up">Set up</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_button_skip">Skip</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_description_common">Try using Iris Scanner and Face Recognition together for better results even in low or very bright light.</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_description_face">Face Recognition is now set up and ready to go.</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_description_iris">Iris Scanner is now set up and ready to go.</string>
<string name="intelligent_biometrics_lock_settings_title">Improve your experience</string>
<string name="intelligent_help_0">"Smart stay keeps the screen on while you're looking at it by using the front camera to detect your face."</string>
<string name="intelligent_help_1">Smart stay works best when:</string>
<string name="intelligent_help_summary_0">You hold your phone upright and steady.</string>
<string name="intelligent_help_summary_1">"You're in a well-lit place, but not direct sunlight."</string>
<string name="intelligent_help_summary_2">"The front camera isn't being used by another app."</string>
<string name="intelligent_rotation_title">Smart rotation</string>
<string name="intelligent_sleep_title">Smart stay</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_choose_lock_summary">Use face and iris recognition together for better accuracy and security.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1">Before using the iris recognition camera and LED, keep the following precautions in mind:</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1_detail_1">- To protect your eyes, keep the screen at least 8 inches away from your face when using iris recognition.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1_detail_2">- Do not attach unofficial screen protectors (privacy protection films, tempered glass protectors, etc.) to your device. The iris recognition LED may not turn off even when you are very close to it.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1_detail_3">- Do not use this feature with infants. Doing so may damage their eyesight.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1_detail_4">- Anyone who has experienced dizziness, seizures, loss of awareness, blackouts, or other symptoms linked to an epileptic condition, or has a family history of such symptoms or conditions, should consult a doctor before using this feature.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body1_detail_5">- Biometric data collected and stored locally by the iris scanner is not intended for any diagnostic, therapeutic, or preventive medical purposes.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body2">Before using face recognition to unlock your device, keep the following precautions in mind:</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body2_detail_1">- Your phone could be unlocked by someone or something that looks like you.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body2_detail_2">- If you use face recognition only, this will be less secure than using Pattern, PIN, or Password.</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body3_detail_1">- Something prevents a good view of your face or eyes (e.g., glasses, contact lenses, hat, low eyelids, recent eye surgery, disease, dirt, damage to the camera, or excessive movement).</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_body3_detail_2">- The lighting is very different from when you registered your face or irises (e.g., direct sunlight, much darker surroundings).</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_header1">Precautions for using iris recognition</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_header2">Precautions for using face recognition</string>
<string name="intelligentscan_disclaimer_header3">The phone may not recognize your irises or face when:</string>

Thanks mweinbach.

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