fingerprint sensors

Samsung Galaxy S10’s surprise feature tiers to battle iPhone X Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10’s surprise feature tiers to battle iPhone X Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 won't be coming to your pocket in the same set of 2x forms of the past. Instead, according to the latest from insider tips and rumors, the Galaxy S10 will be released in a set of three. This new setup schedule was tipped to do battle directly with Apple's rumored plan for late-2018 phone market domination, complete with its own 3-phone release setup, not unlike what was done with the original iPhone X.

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Galaxy S10 will have different fingerprint scanners

Galaxy S10 will have different fingerprint scanners

Next year will be the Galaxy S line’s nth anniversary and it seems that Samsung is going to throw everything into it. Whether it makes complete sense or not. At least the Korean OEM will give buyers their choice of crazy with not one, not even two, but three models to choose from. And the three won’t just differ in their number of cameras or price either. According to the latest media report, they will also differ in the type of fingerprint scanner experience you will get.

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Nokia 9 tipped to beat iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9 to the punch

Nokia 9 tipped to beat iPhone X and Galaxy Note 9 to the punch

This week we're having a peek at the upcoming Nokia 9, a device that's most certainly going to be more exciting than the other Nokia number phones - right? We can only hope. To become more exciting than the other phones they've released over the past couple years, Nokia is rumored to be bringing on technology that the brings heat to Apple and Samsung's feet - the likes of which we've only yet seen in China.

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Galaxy S10: Iris scanner out, in-display fingerprint in

Galaxy S10: Iris scanner out, in-display fingerprint in

After foldable displays, it seems that the next Galaxy phone feature no one can seem to agree on is the in-display fingerprint scanner, a.k.a. fingerprint on display (FOD). It has been rumored, expected, and debunked launch after launch since last year and now it seems that the feature is again pushed back to 2019. That seems to be the implication of rumors that Samsung is ditching the iris scanner in the Galaxy S10 in favor of both 3D face recognition and FOD.

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Xiaomi Mi 8 tipped to feature fingerprint sensor under the display

Xiaomi Mi 8 tipped to feature fingerprint sensor under the display

With edge-to-edge displays quickly becoming the standard among flagship smartphones, meaning the loss of a "chin" for physical home buttons, the race is on to see who can include a reliable fingerprint sensor imbedded in the screen. Both Apple and Samsung have been rumored in the past to be working on this technology, but are said to have experienced difficulties slowing progress on the feature. If the latest development is accurate, it may be China's Xiaomi that's next with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Vivo X20 Play UD in-display fingerprint scanner reliability tested

Despite year after year of delays, it seems that the in-display fingerprint scanner, alternatively called a fingerprint on display (FOD), is still a goal among smartphone makers. Some are just taking a different route. Vivo, for example, used Synaptics' optical fingerprint scanner on its X20 Play UD, the first commercial phone to sport that feature. But being under the phone's screen and, therefore, subject to the same wear and tear as the display might raise some doubts and concerns over its reliability. To answer those questions, YouTube Marques Brownlee, a.k.a. MKBHD, puts that FOD to the test.

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Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple Touch ID might make an ultrasonic, in-display comeback

Apple can sing Face ID's praises all it wants but that's not going to chang the fact that there are cases where it is less convenient to use. Then again, even conventional fingerprint sensors, back or front, aren't always accessible at all times. One surface that's almost always accessible, no matter the angle (except face down), is the screen, which is why in-display fingerprint scanners seem to be the new holy grail of smartphones. A new report now claims that even Apple is still silently working on that but, in typical Apple fashion, will be doing things a bit differently.

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Police tried to unlock phone with dead man’s finger at funeral home

Police tried to unlock phone with dead man’s finger at  funeral home

How far will law enforcers go to unlock a smartphone? Given how critical these mobile devices have become these days, it seems they're willing to go through sometimes morbid lengths to access what could be, but not yet confirmed, evidence inside. And, yes, that includes trying to unlock phones using the deceased's own fingers. That is what two detectives in Largo, Florida attempted to do when the walked into a funeral home to unlock the phone that belonged to the deceased. But while the detectives didn't do anything illegal, they are being called out for being unethical or, at the very least, insensitive.

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Websites could soon use your fingerprint to log in

Websites could soon use your fingerprint to log in

Biometrics are everywhere. Almost all smartphones these days, even mid-range ones, have fingerprint scanners. Laptops and convertible tablets are slowly getting there. And while Apple seems to be doing away with them, it is replacing fingerprints with faces, yet another biometric security factor. The only place where this secure authentication method isn’t available is where they matter the most: the Web. But if the World Wide Web Consortium, a.k.a. W3C, has its way, even websites like, well, Facebook will support password-less logins in the near future.

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Another step toward the perfect smartphone

Another step toward the perfect smartphone

When I say "the perfect smartphone" I of course mean the four-sided screen. That is the dream of the panel you hold in your hand without any sign of interruption - logos, buttons, or anything in-between. That dream is one step closer to reality now that phones are coming with a feature that's going live thanks to a group called Goodix.

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iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

iPhones are being unlocked with dead fingers

Crime shows like CSI are known for using unusual, unrealistic, and sometimes morbid techniques in the pursuit of justice. But, as they say, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Ever encountered a locked iPhone whose owner was just recently deceased? No problem, according to some sources in law enforcement. Police are reportedly using those dead people's fingers to unlock said iPhones in order to find evidence or leads. And best of all, it's completely legal.

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Note 9 in-display fingerprint decision is down to the wire

Note 9 in-display fingerprint decision is down to the wire

The will-they won't-they of the Galaxy Note 9's in-display fingerprint reader saga continues, with a new report claiming Samsung in fact does intend to bake biometrics into its new phablet's screen. The technology-du-jour has been a hotly discussed feature in smartphone circles for some time now, as phone-makers attempt to accommodate various sensors while also slimming down screen bezels.

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