Sony has filed a new patent to the US Patent and Trademark Office that could allow smart mobile phone users to scan their fingerprints as a way of checking the identity of the owner.

It states an unidentified material would obscure sensors so users would only see graphics telling them where to place their fingers, however, the firm has given no indication of when it might be introduced.

This wouldn’t be the first time a smartphone has offered a fingerprint lock, with the Motorola Mobility launch of the Atrix last year, which had a biometric scanner fitted to its back.

Research director at Gartner Brian Blau told the BBC that making transactions easy for consumers is something that is becoming an increasing goal for firms.

The patent document noted: “[It would] allow even a user who is not familiar with the fingerprint authentication to readily execute an input manipulation for the fingerprint authentication.”

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