fingerprint sensors

Galaxy S10 Plus’s dirty little ID secret appears in hands-on video

Galaxy S10 Plus’s dirty little ID secret appears in hands-on video

In a hands-on video leaked by a case-making brand, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus seems to have inadvertently revealed a secret. A secret beyond the obvious set of specifications, specifications which have leaked in GREAT detail over the last several weeks. We've got all that good stuff here too - but first, that little oddity sitting right up front. What's the deal with this big hole in the screen protector?

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Galaxy S10 fingerprint on display confirmed by Samsung Pay

Galaxy S10 fingerprint on display confirmed by Samsung Pay

Samsung's next flagship is shaping up to be quite a mixed bag. On the one hand, you will see some of the latest mobile technologies all in one package. On the other hand, you will also see the new thing everyone loves to hate: the punch hole camera. But setting aside that controversial design for now, there is at least some good news or the confirmation of good news. The Galaxy S10 will indeed have an in-screen fingerprint scanner and we have Samsung's own Samsung Pay app to thank for that proof.

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Xiaomi teases more accurate, bigger fingerprint on display

Xiaomi teases more accurate, bigger fingerprint on display

In-screen fingerprint scanners or fingerprint-on-display (FoD) sensors might be the future for many Android phones but their accuracy and speed compared to traditional optical sensors still leave some things to be desired. That said, we’re just at the start of innovation in this area and we might see more in the months ahead. And kicking off that next generation of FoDs is none other than Xiaomi whose upcoming phones might be equipped with this state of the art in-screen sensor.

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The Face ID and fingerprint privacy law just got settled

The Face ID and fingerprint privacy law just got settled

A magistrate judge in California has ruled that police can't compel people to unlock their phones with biometric methods like fingerprints and facial recognition. Before this ruling, biometrics weren't protected in the same way that alphanumeric passcodes are - while police can't force a suspect to give up a passcode, those rules didn't apply to biometric unlocking methods. Now, it seems, the two methods of locking and unlocking mobile devices are seen as equal in the eyes of the law (at least for the time being).

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Galaxy A10 might be first to get fingerprint on display sensor

Galaxy A10 might be first to get fingerprint on display sensor

It seems that Samsung is finally catching up with trends and it’s catching up fast. After ignoring those design and functionality changes, the Korean OEM has seemingly found the perfect guinea pigs for “innovation” and experimentation: the Galaxy A series. After the Galaxy A9 (2018) with its triple cameras and the Galaxy A8s with its “Infinity-O” punch hole camera cutout comes the never before heard Galaxy A10, which could be the first Samsung phone to bear a much-delayed Under Display Fingerprint Scanner.

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OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor unlocks faster over time

OnePlus 6T fingerprint sensor unlocks faster over time

In-screen fingerprint scanners or fingerprint-on-display (FoDs) have started to become more common in phones, at least from Chinese brands. While they are partly impressive in how they enable such biometrics beneath the glass, they’re still regarded to be slower and less accurate than conventional fingerprint scanners. OnePlus has finally jumped on that train but, never willing to settle, it claims to have come up with the fastest and smartest FoD in the market. So smart that it can actually study your fingerprint over time.

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New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

New Qualcomm in-display fingerprint sensor is Face ID for your fingertip

Unlocking your smartphone by pressing your fingertip against the touchscreen is about to go mainstream, with Qualcomm revealing its new 3D Sonic Sensor technology. The latest iteration of smartphone security, it puts an ultrasonic scanner right beneath the display glass, in what Qualcomm says is a much more functional and secure way to open your phone than rival biometrics.

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Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung smartwatch patent uses in-display fingerprint sensor

Samsung would have been the first smartphone maker to use a fingerprint on display (FoD) sensor but the technology and the company just wasn’t ready to make the jump. But while it may be trying to catch up with Chinese rivals, at least based on leaks and speculation, it might also try to outdo them to the point of going overboard. A new patent filed by the company last year reveals the places it could use such sensors including, surprise surprise, on a smartwatch.

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iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

iOS app scammed users to authorize IAP with Touch ID

Google and Android have yet again come under fire for another batch of apps that either spread malware or practice fraud from under Google’s and users’ noses. Of course, many took the chance to point out Apple’s closed but effective review process that blocks such apps from even getting into the App Store. But it’s precisely because of that tight process that when misbehaving apps do get in, it’s an even bigger problem.

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Galaxy S10 leaks: colors, flat display, fingerprint scanner

Galaxy S10 leaks: colors, flat display, fingerprint scanner

Samsung’s foldable phone might be the most talked-about phone next year but more practical buyers will probably look to the Galaxy S10 more. While the company’s early 2019 flagships won’t have that rather eccentric folding gimmick, it’s not going to be without special, never before seen features, at least as far as Samsung Galaxy phones go. Because as novel as they may be for the Korean giant, the Galaxy S10 might look like it’s playing catchup with the rest of the market this time.

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OnePlus 6T teardown reveals under-screen camera secrets

OnePlus 6T teardown reveals under-screen camera secrets

As magical as fingerprint on displays or FoDs might sound, they are not so different from their regular optical sensor counterparts. They are practically just cameras and the real magic actually lies more in the display that lets the light through. That said, not all FoDs are created equal and OnePlus’ first attempt at one deserves closer inspection. Zack Nelson dives into the OnePlus 6T to uncover its secrets and notes how it might bode well for future under-screen selfie cameras as well.

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Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanner for ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Galaxy S10 to ditch iris scanner for ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

Samsung’s next non-foldable flagship smartphone is a bit of an interesting puzzle. On the one hand, we seem to have almost heard everything that can be heard about the Galaxy S10. Yet on the other hand, none of them seems to have stuck around long enough. So here’s another one because why not. It seems that after years of trying to develop and improve its iris scanning technology to become more accurate and more secure, Samsung will be dropping it next year in favor of a not so new but also untested ultrasonic fingerprint on display sensor.

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