New Essential Phone update enables fingerprint sensor functionality, adds November security patch

The Essential Phone is definitely not a perfect phone, even though it wears the pedigree of Android’s creator, Andy Rubin. First off, the smartphone did not get released and the company said it would. Then, the Essential Phone was plagued by numerous software issues especially when it came to the camera.

The good news is the US-based company is trying to patch it up as fast as possible. Several updates have already been released since the phone’s launch, which addresses some of the major issues that were reported by early adopters.

The latest Essential Phone …


2017 top-tier smartphones that still have a fingerprint scanner on the front

Fingerprint scanners were made popular by the iPhone 5s way back in 2013. Housed in the home button at the front, Touch ID made phone unlocking super simple — press home button to wake the phone, wait for it to scan your finger to unlock. Naturally, it quickly became a trend and is now a standard feature that’s making its way to mid-range and even some lower level phones.

But not every phone has their fingerprint scanner on the front. Some had them installed on their backs, next to the camera, some have them on the side frame. In fact, with the war on the bezel …

The iPhone X has no fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) at all. How do you feel about that?


The fingerprint scanner is an almost ubiquitous feature if
we talk about recent high-end (and even mid-range) smartphones. Even so, as you
probably already know, Apple decided that its iPhone X will be just
fine without it. Thus, there’s no fingerprint sensor anywhere on the new smartphone. 

 

Previous rumors had it that Apple could try to embed a
fingerprint scanner into the 5.8-inch Super Retina screen of the iPhone X, since the device has no
physical home button. In the end, that didn’t happen. Nevertheless, the iPhone
X obviously does come with an authentication feature: …

Nokia 9 leaked back cover confirms dual-camera setup, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

If you haven’t gotten too attached to HMD’s first true flagship smartphone, the Nokia 8, then you might like the next top-tier handset coming from the Finnish company.

The phone will be available on the market as Nokia 9, but word is HMD plans to announce it early next year. However, rumors about HMD’s upcoming flagship have already popped up online, along with a host of pictures based on the CAD files.

Recently, a picture allegedly showing the back plate of the Nokia 9 have leaked out directly from China. The image confirms a couple of details about the phone that emerged weeks ago, …

Alleged OnePlus 5T leak shows us a full-screen front, fingerprint scanner migration

So, the OnePlus 5 is gone — you can no longer buy it. What? Why? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery. Less than a year after releasing its latest “flagship killer”, OnePlus claims that they are all out of phone units.

Obviously, this is stirring up speculation that we are about to see a OnePlus 5T — a slightly updated phone, just like what the OnePlus 3T was to the OnePlus 3 last year. And OnePlus being inexplicably vague and stirring controversy is kind of the go-to move when the company is prepping up a marketing campaign. It’s a company built on user curiosity, word of mouth, and the first …

Apple to eliminate fingerprint scanners on all 2018 models?

For 2017, Apple kept its Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus. The tenth anniversary model, the Apple iPhone X, doesn’t employ a fingerprint scanner at all. Despite efforts to embed Touch ID under the display, Apple could not perfect the technology and focused instead on Face ID. With the front-facing TrueDepth Camera providing facial recognition capabilities, a glance at the iPhone X by the user can unlock the device and verify identification for Apple Pay.

Today, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, recognized as the best Apple analyst on the planet …

Samsung making progress on producing a fingerprint reader embedded under a phone's display

Thanks to the Infinity Display employed on the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, there is no room for a front-facing fingerprint scanner on these models. The manufacturer tried to have the biometric reader embedded under the display, but the technology was too complex to get this done. Instead, the fingerprint scanner was placed near the rear-facing camera on all three models.

Despite recent reports stating that Android manufacturers are now focusing on facial recognition instead of a display embedded fingerprint scanner, Samsung is not giving up on putting …

Android manufacturers now prefer 3D sensing, Face ID over a fingerprint reader embedded under glass?

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the top analysts in the business right now (and certainly one of the most quoted). According to Kuo, the introduction of the Apple iPhone X last month has Android manufacturers shifting their focus from trying to figure out how to embed a fingerprint scanner under the display, to how they can make a version of the TrueDepth camera with 3D scanning and facial recognition for their upcoming Android models.

Ironically, this comes after both Samsung and Apple spent months trying to get their respective fingerprint scanners to work while embedded under the …

Alleged Huawei Mate 10 Pro shows up in leaked images sans rear-mounted fingerprint sensor

Huawei is expected to unveil at least three new smartphones on October 16, all three variations of the Mate 10 flagship. In fact, one of them, the Mate 10 Lite, was officially introduced in China as Huawei Maimang last week.

Two other high-end handsets, Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, will be announced next month, but we already know quite a lot about both devices. All three models will pack displays of various sizes, but with 18:9 ratio. We also know that the Mate 10 Lite will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, something that doesn’t seem to be present …

KGI's Kuo sees in-screen embedded fingerprint scanner debuting on the 2018 Samsung Galaxy Note 9

It has turned out to be one of the biggest technological difficulties of the year, affecting Samsung, Apple and most likely other less well-known smartphone manufacturers. Finding the solution could lead to a shift in more than several million dollars of handset sales. If you haven’t figured out what we are discussing here, it is the placement of a biometric fingerprint scanner embedded under a smartphone display. Such a placement is necessary for manufacturers to offer edge-to-edge “button-less” and “bezel-less” screens without resorting to less popular (read “rear-facing”) solutions.

Samsung …