We were wrong – Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo won’t, in fact, be the first to put out a device with an in-screen fingerprint scanner, though it most certainly is the first to openly display a prototype. At this year’s MWC Shanghai, which taking place right now, the company showed off the first implementation of Qualcomm’s just-announced in-screen ultrasonic scanner technology.
There’s a new Galaxy Note 8 leak on the block, and this one’s pretty saucy.
Google has just pushed yet another major update for its Wallet app, which brings two new important features into the mix: fingerprint authentication and Google Account PIN support.
If you’re not yet using Android Pay, chances are Google Wallet is your go to mobile payment app on your Android smartphone. If that’s the case, then you’ll be happy to know that you’ll now be able to use your handset’s fingerprint sensor in order to go around the PIN security.
Right after updating to the latest version, the app will ask you to enter your current PIN so that you …
By now you’ve surely heard the widespread rumors about the iPhone 8’s fingerprint scanner situation: there’s a distinct possibility Apple’s latest flagship will be equipped with an in-screen sensor (or will it?), instead of the regular, standalone solution employed by everyone on the market. However, as is becoming increasingly common, a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer, namely Vivo, may beat Apple to the punch.
It might sound discouraging, but here it goes – according to analyst Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company, Apple still hasn’t decided what fingerprint technology will utlimately end up in the new and coming iPhone. Mind you, we’re less than three months away from this year’s September keynote. If the rumor is true, this means the handset is anything but finalized. Thus, its retail launch could face a significant delay of as many as two months following the announcement.
Confident in his information, Arcuri has taken the new iPhone out of Cowen’s 46 million sales …
An industry insider claims that Samsung’s in-screen fingerprint scanner technology results in brightness imbalance issues where the area containing the scanner is noticeably brighter than the rest of the display.
This could be the reason, or one of the reasons why Samsung is reportedly giving up on the in-screen optical fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. The most recent rumors claim that the technology won’t be ready for mass production until early next year, possibly in time for the Galaxy S9’s release.
Due to the technological experimentation …
Almost everyone who’s used Samsung’s latest flagship, the Galaxy S8, will be quick to tell you just how bad the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor’s placement is. As previously reported, this seems to have been a last second decision, made necessary due to the company’s inability to produce a high-quality prototype for an in-screen scanner in time. And while we’ve hoped the technology would be ready by the time the Galaxy Note 8 enters production, a recent piece of news has just crushed those dreams into fine dust.
Getting your broken iPhone repaired isn’t exactly a fun experience – going through the official channels means either hoping your local Genius Bar isn’t overbooked (if you have one at all, that is), or sending your device for a mail-in repair, which can take a considerable amount of time as well. Of course there’s always the option of going to an unlicensed service location, but doing often bears the risk of getting a sub-par repair job, or even an outright broken device.
A Twitter user with the handle @PoyocoTech, has sent out a tweet with a render that he claims is an image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. As you can see, the phablet borrows the design from the Infinity Display used on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+. The image also reveals that Samsung has worked out the issues it had with embedding the fingerprint scanner under the front screen. We can reach that conclusion because of the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the front or back of the phone, at least in the render that accompanies this story.
On back, you can see a vertically mounted …