fingerprint sensors

iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

iPhone 12 with Qualcomm in-display fingerprint scanner makes no sense

Qualcomm just recently announced the evolution of its 3D ultrasonic fingerprint scanning technology and, truth be told, we did find it to be a huge step forward. 3D Sonic Max, as it is called, checks off almost all the complaints that real-world users had with it on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10, at least on the company's demo units. Unsurprisingly, hopes are running high that this new piece of tech would be adopted by more smartphone makers, including Apple. But while it's always within the realm of possibility for the 2020 iPhone to have it, it could be a huge step back as far as Apple is concerned.

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Qualcomm’s big new fingerprint sensor is a huge improvement: Hands-on

Qualcomm’s big new fingerprint sensor is a huge improvement: Hands-on

As anybody who has tried an in-display fingerprint sensor will have discovered, not all biometrics are created equal, and Qualcomm is hoping its new 3D Sonic Max system edges ahead of the pack. Set to debut on smartphones in 2020, the latest generation of the ultrasonic fingerprint biometrics aims to re-right the ship after frustrations around Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 security.

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Qualcomm’s new in-display biometrics can scan two fingerprints at once

Qualcomm’s new in-display biometrics can scan two fingerprints at once

Qualcomm has revealed its newest security system, with 3D Sonic Max promising faster, easier, and more secure in-display fingerprint recognition. The new technology is the latest iteration of Qualcomm's ultrasonic biometrics, dramatically increasing the space that your fingertip will be recognized on a device.

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Galaxy S11 face recognition speculation would be a miracle if true

Galaxy S11 face recognition speculation would be a miracle if true

With every new high-profile successor to a high-profile product, it isn't unusual to get flooded with leaks, rumors, theories, and wishful thinking. That can happen even half a year before the new product's launch all the way up to the very last minute. If you try to combine all of those into one, you're also bound to run into some irreconcilable differences. One of those may relate to Samsung's choice for the Galaxy S11's primary or only biometrics security feature. And no, it's almost next to impossible that it would use face recognition.

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Samsung could drop problematic Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint tech

Samsung could drop problematic Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint tech

Although rumored and expected to be one of the first, Samsung came terribly late to the in-display fingerprint scanner party. Perhaps in an attempt to make the delay worthwhile, Samsung also opted to adopt a kind of biometric technology that none of its rivals had: Qualcomm's in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. While presented as a feature bullet point, that has become a security liability for this year's Samsung flagships and it may force the world's largest smartphone maker to abandon ship quickly.

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Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 fingerprint scanner fix is rolling out

Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 fingerprint scanner fix is rolling out

Although not as damning as the fate that awaits Huawei, Samsung is facing its own ordeal that could damage its reputation in the financial and security industries. Its ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint was already long overdue but is now proving to be less secure and accurate as it was promised to be. Samsung has already begun rolling out an update that addresses the latest complaint but, while swift, might be a bit too late to assure some banks for a while.

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Galaxy S10 blacklisted from some bank apps due to fingerprint scanner bug

Galaxy S10 blacklisted from some bank apps due to fingerprint scanner bug

It seems that Samsung is having some problems with its fancy new fingerprint scanners. Introduced on the Galaxy S10 and now on the Galaxy Note 10, the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor promised to be more accurate and more foolproof than typical in-display optical sensors. That was not the case, at least not initially, and Samsung faced criticism for how the scanner could be fooled by a 3D printed finger. It is once again in the hot seat but now even financial institutions are taking action to the point of blacklisting the Galaxy S10 because of the security risk.

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Samsung gives Note 10 and S10 security advice as it preps fingerprint fix

Samsung gives Note 10 and S10 security advice as it preps fingerprint fix

By now, you've probably heard of a worrying flaw with the ultrasonic fingerprint readers present in the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Note 10. When using some third-party screen protectors on either phone, the fingerprint reader can apparently grant access to fingerprints that weren't previously registered. Obviously, that entirely defeats the purpose of securing your phone with a fingerprint in the first place, so it goes without saying this is something that needs to be fixed.

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Samsung promises fix for flawed fingerprint security on these flagship 2019 phones

Samsung promises fix for flawed fingerprint security on these flagship 2019 phones

Earlier this week, news of a particularly troubling flaw with the Galaxy S10's ultrasonic fingerprint reader broke. Apparently, phones that had certain third-party screen protectors installed could potentially accept fingerprints that weren't previously registered to the device. This, of course, means that someone who isn't you could gain access to your phone, and that's never a good thing.

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Samsung says Galaxy S10 fingerprint security flaw fix on the way

Samsung says Galaxy S10 fingerprint security flaw fix on the way

There's a bit of a security flaw in the Samsung Galaxy S10 right about now that's important to all users of said phone. The flaw comes in the form of 3rd-party screen protectors with tiny patterning in their build. The silicone of the screen protector can do more than just protect against drops and scratches - it can potentially register as part of your fingerprint by the fingerprint reader in the phone.

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Galaxy S11 to get 5x zoom camera, larger area for fingerprint on display

Galaxy S11 to get 5x zoom camera, larger area for fingerprint on display

With the Galaxy Note 10 safely on its way to becoming Samsung's best selling smartphone yet, at least based on some sources, attention among the company's fans and observers are unsurprisingly turning to its next big flagship. Unless it makes a big change, that will be the Galaxy S11 that will be coming in early 2020. And if industry sources are correct, it will finally be catching up to the smartphone trends that have been rising up around it.

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Google accounts now accept fingerprint authentication on Android

Google accounts now accept fingerprint authentication on Android

Google is on a quest to kill the password and it's really no surprise. Given how many things are connected to Google accounts and services, it is in its best interest to make sure those accounts are always kept safe. Passwords have long been considered no longer sufficient for security and the tech industry has been heading towards biometrics. Towards that end, Google is now allowing Android devices to use fingerprints to sign into their Google accounts.

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