If the current rumors hold true, the HTC One max will be the largest phone in HTC’s lineup, but size alone may not be the phone’s main selling point. New details have come to light, revealing that the HTC One max’s fingerprint scanner will be used for a lot more than securely unlocking the phone. Leaked code from the fingerprint scanner setup app shows that unique fingerprint scans can be used to unlock the phone and launch directly into a designated application. HTC One max users will be able to assign quick -launch apps to all ten fingers. The practicality of using your pinky finger to unlock the HTC One max and launching directly into an app may be questionable, but we could see ourselves assigning quick-launch apps to our index and middle fingers on both hands.
The second feature hidden in the code is a reference to a finger navigation mode which enables “swipe up, down, left and right to move focus,” closely mimicking the optical trackpad functionality from the HTC Desire Z (T-Mobile G2).
It’s certainly nice to see that HTC is working to add new functionality to its devices, but I’m not exactly sure if these features are really needed. I do miss the trackpad from the G2 and the trackball from my G1, but moving the functionality to the back of the device may take a while to get used to.
Do you think HTC is taking the right approach with the fingerprint scanner? What other functionality do you think HTC or other OEMs should add to make the fingerprint scanner a must-have feature for your next smartphone?