Moto Camera app updated with Google Lens, single finger zoom, Portrait mode and more

The Motorola Moto Camera 2 app in the Google Play Store has received an update. This app is now optimized for 2018 Moto handsets and adds integration with Google Photos. Pictures snapped using Motorola’s Best Shot or Portrait mode (for the bokeh effect) will show up marked in the Google Photos Library. YouTube Live is added to the camera app with the update, which also brings a new feature allowing users to zoom in or out by swiping the screen with a single finger.
The UI has been updated and users now swipe to the left to share, edit or backup their photos. Google …


Galaxy S10's in-display finger scanner may detect blood flow and heart rate

Samsung has a 10th Galaxy S down the pipe, and it seems determined to redefine popular flagship smartphone design with it, at least to the extent possible within today’s steel-and-glass bodies that abound. The anniversary Galaxy is shaping up to be a powerhouse in terms of internals, with the first 7nm chipset used by Samsung, but it’s the design we are most interested in, as the Infinity Display build that debuted with the S8, while still one of the greatest out there, will be old news in the first half of next year, when the S10 is likely to be introduced.
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Here's why the OnePlus 6 may indeed sport in-display finger scanner

Hot on the heels of the newly announced Oppo R15 that gives us a hint how the eventual OnePlus 6 may end up looking like, now comes another trajectory to explore – its rumored in-display finger scanner. Why do we think it is a real possibility all of a sudden? Well, BBK, the parent company of Vivo, Oppo and OnePlus, just announced two new handsets today – the Vivo X21 and X21 UD – for under display, apparently, as this is the successor of the first phone with such sensor, the X20 UD.

You guessed it – besides utter resemblance to the Oppo R15, down to the 6.28″ notch-y displays …

Galaxy S10 to sport a Face ID camera competitor, and in-display finger reader

It’s not the first time we are hearing that Samsung is working on a TrueDepth camera competitor to rival Apple’s Face ID and Animoji features, but now we have a device where it will eventually be planted – none other than the Galaxy S10. This one is shaping up to be a crazy handset, with a 7nm chipset, 5G connectivity, in-display finger scanner, and whatever else Samsung throws at it that will stick.

Well, it seems that Samsung is throwing a structured light transmitter and receiver, a front-facing camera, and a time of flight/proximity sensor. These are …

In-display finger scanners do work with protectors, so what's up with the Note 9?

While Samsung reportedly ran out of time to implement in-display finger scanner on the Galaxy S8, and, now, the Galaxy S9, one could reasonably expect that the Note 9 would be the high-end gear that this type of unobtrusive fingerprint recognition technology would make a cameo in. 

Not so fast, advised reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo last week, informing us that the Note 9 won’t have a reader hidden under its display glass. While a few of the reasons he cited sound familiar, the one that said such scanners won’t work with screen protectors was a new thing, …

The Note 9 won't have in-display finger scanner as screen protectors mess it up

While there is already a phone on the market with in-display scanner, the Vivo X20 Plus UD, and it does come with OLED display, Samsung’s efforts in the field have had to deal with its current curved Infinity Display design, which has been challenging, to say the least. If an optical reader of this type was embedded under the display, it had issues with the OLED display’s semi-transparency, and hence reliability. A more orthodox capacitive type reader, on the other side, could be made relatively transparent, but has to be mounted on top of the display, which presented issues with …

Vivo Apex phone scans your finger 'half-screen,' has a pop-up selfie cam

Vivo is no stranger to experimenting with concept phones, but its newest one, the Apex FullView, takes the idea of biometry placements to a whole new level. You see, when Synaptics touted its in-display finger scanners, it mentioned that their placement at a particular place is phase 3 in the development of invisible readers, while phase 4 would be placing them anywhere on the screen a manufacturer should desire.

The Vivo X20 Plus UD that was already announced, with fingerprint reader embedded under the phone’s display, is still phase 3, but now Vivo comes …

Note 9 won't have in-display finger scanner, but the Galaxy S10 might

Well, it was too good to be true. The in-display finger scanner of the Galaxy Note 9, that is, as rumors that Samsung won’t be ready to produce those in mass quantities for the S9, but may be for the Note 9, are quickly getting deflated.

Korean media is reporting today that the Note 9 will come with the good ol’ rear-mounted finger scanner, probably just the one you are seeing on the latest Galaxy S9 renders. Yes, it is apparently still working with a variety of suppliers, as well as the technology’s creators from Synaptics, to introduce a fingerprint …

The first phone with in-display finger scanner, Vivo X20 Plus UD, gets a price and release date

Vivo previewed for us the world’s first phone with in-display finger scanner at the CES expo in Las Vegas earlier this month, but never named the device, and didn’t disclose important details like its price or release date.

Well, today is the day when the company right those wrongs, and announced the full scoop on the Vivo X20 Plus UD – yes, it’s a mouthful, but we would expect nothing less from a phone that stands out in one particular aspect among its equals. Needless to say, the phone is very similar to the already announced X20 Plus, while the …

Finger Pow uses small magnetic pods to charge your phone

Over at Kickstarter, a new system that will quickly charge up the batteries on your smartphone using magnets, has raised more than five times the target amount of funding that the product developer was seeking. Called Finger Pow, the system is made up of four waterproof magnetic pods, each of which will charge in a base or a charging station that contains a 5000mAh battery. The base just charges the pods while the charging station doubles as a power bank. When you’re ready to use the Finger Pow’s battery power, a magnet connects one of the pods to the handset that needs charging. Since …