fingerprint sensors

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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AUO LCDs boast fullscreen in-cell fingerprint scanner, tiny punch-hole

AUO LCDs boast fullscreen in-cell fingerprint scanner, tiny punch-hole

You don't often hear of smartphone display makers unless they're Samsung, Sharp, Sony, LG, or JDI. Some panel makers, however, do want their customers to know that they were there first in whatever innovation those smartphone makers may be bragging about. AU Optronics (AUO) definitely wants to give off that vibe in it latest showcase at the SID Display Week 2019, which includes two smartphone LCD screens addressing two of the biggest trends in smartphones these days.

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Galaxy S10 updates makes ultrasonic fingerprint faster

Galaxy S10 updates makes ultrasonic fingerprint faster

Any new technology naturally goes through growing pains. Sometimes, those pains happen behind closed doors. Other times, it is the users that have to grit their teeth in frustration. Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensors in the Galaxy S10 is definitely at the cutting edge but, compared to existing fingerprint sensors, it left users waiting a bit too long. Now an update addresses that pain point while Samsung remains quiet on another perhaps more critical question.

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Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fooled by 3D printed mark

Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fooled by 3D printed mark

After years of delays, Samsung finally jumped aboard the fingerprint-on-display (FoD) train but it may be costing users more than they're willing to pay. Thanks to its new "Infinity-O" punch hole display, it has made face recognition practically useless as a security feature. Now there is at least one experiment that tries to prove how its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is actually less secure than regular optical ones.

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Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner to get software fixes

Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner to get software fixes

It seems the Samsung may have thrown away years of advancement and trust that it gained from its biometric security technologies for the sake of reducing bezels. Although it was never as accurate and secure as Apple's Face ID, Samsung's combination of facial and iris recognition was, until the Galaxy S10, at least reliable. Now that's gone and even Samsung's ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is proving to be less useful than the company has made it sound.

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Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint survives scratches, not cracks

Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint survives scratches, not cracks

After a series of incremental improvements, the Galaxy S10 introduced Samsung's most revolutionary upgrade yet. Never mind the Infinity-O hole-in display or the PowerShare reverse wireless charging, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is probably the most technically different of all the new features. As with any new feature, however, there is a concern over the new technology's performance and durability. JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson takes out the Mohs pics to find out.

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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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