Purported iPhone 8 dummy unit pictured with vertical dual cameras and under-screen fingerprint scanner

Designer and occasional leaker Benjamin Geskin claims to have obtained a dummy – more precisely, a CNC-machined model – of the upcoming iPhone 8. However, it’s difficult to discern which photos depict a physical unit, and which are a very good modeling job.

We are only certain about the pic showing the iPhone’s display, because Geskin ‘shopped it over a purported photo of the dummy unit. Do note that the screen he envisions covers the entire front, although there’s an overlay depicting the bottom bezel typical of all iPhones up to now.

Although the phone appears rather thick, Geskin …


Samsung Galaxy S8's iris scanner could be used for mobile payments

The iris scanning authentication method which Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ could soon be used for secure financial transactions. 
A new report from The Korea Herald suggests that several South Korean credit card companies are looking to implement the feature for the verification of mobile payments, lauding it as a more secure tool than passwords and fingerprint scanners. Samsung Card Co. is said to be among the first businesses to apply the method to its mobile app, while other big financial institutions are also …

$100 nets you a big screen and a fingerprint scanner if you get the new LG Harmony on Cricket

$100 phones just get nicer with every passing year. If you look back a year or two ago, the choices in this price range were mostly rare and borderline offensive to anyone after a remotely decent user experience. Not any longer. Today, a Benjamin gets you something like the new LG Harmony, which just launched on Cricket.

The phone has a simple plastic build with metal accents, but isn’t ugly in any way. More importantly, it has a fairly big 5.3-inch display with a 720p resolution that’s not as sharp as 1080p, but still quite serviceable. There are an 8MP rear camera, …

Gestures used with the fingerprint scanner on the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ will open and close apps?

According to what is alleged to be the settings page on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the fingerprint scanner will support gestures that will open and close apps. While the page itself is in Spanish, running the words through Google Translate results in something interesting. Under the heading “Gestos para sensor de huella” (Gestures for the fingerprint sensor), it reads “abir y cerrar aplicaciones y funciones con el sensor huella digitales.” Translated, it reads “Open and close applications and functions with the fingerprint sensor.” And there is a toggle switch right next to the sentence that allows …

Google releases an Android Nougat 7.1.2 beta 2 update, Nexus 6P finally gets fingerprint scanner gestures

Google today started rolling out an Android 7.1.2 beta 2 software update to select devices, including the Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel C, Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, and Nexus Player.

To be clear, this new Nougat update (build number NPG47I) is only reaching folks enrolled in the Android Beta Program, since it’s a beta. Nevertheless, a stable, final release of Android 7.1.2 should be available to everyone in the near future, possibly in a few weeks’ time. Google previously mentioned that this would be an “incremental maintenance release focused on refinements”, including “bug fixes and optimizations, …

Fingerprint scanner placement on Samsung Galaxy S8 was a last second decision

When the first images of the Samsung Galaxy S8 that were deemed to be legit were disseminated, there was quite a howl about the location of the fingerprint scanner. It was placed on the back of the phone, to the right of the camera. Many had hoped that Samsung would embed it under the front glass. In fact, the company did think about placing the fingerprint scanner in that location using a reader produced by Synaptics, but things could not be worked out in time.

Low yields during production of the 10nm chipsets that are going into the phone (the Snapdragon 835 or the Exynos 8895 depending …

Samsung to phase out the fingerprint scanner on future handsets?

It happened so quickly. From 2011’s Motorola Atrix to now, we have seen the fingerprint scanner go from a rarity to a feature found on even low priced handsets. At the same time, smartphone owners have had their feelings about the biometric reader go from “what the hell do I need a fingerprint scanner for?” to “I’d be lost without my fingerprint scanner.” Well, maybe that overstates the thinking of device owners, but today’s smartphone user has apparently lost the ability to unlock a device or verify his identification without having his fingerprint scanned.

But now, we could be looking …

New Android One handset features a fingerprint scanner and more

The original idea of Android One was to expand the use of Android in emerging markets. To do this, local manufactures followed certain specifications developed by Google to produce low-priced stock Android handsets. The latest Android One phones come with Android 7.0 pre-installed and are guaranteed one OS upgrade. There is speculation that the Android One program will be expanded to the U.S. later this year.

Meanwhile, at MWC General Mobile introduced a new Android One phone meant for consumers in Turkey. As the price of components drop, companies are able to add more and more  features …

BlackBerry KEYone features fingerprint scanner built in to the QWERTY keyboard's space bar

One of the ingenious things about the BlackBerry KEYone, is the placement of the fingerprint scanner embedded inside the space bar on the keyboard. This is the first time that a biometric reader is found built into a phone’s physical QWERTY keyboard. Part of that is due to the fact that not too many smartphones these days have a physical keyboard built in. The unique fingerprint scanner was created by a company called Fingerprint Cards AB. The latter worked with the hardware team at BlackBerry to get the job done.

In a press release that BlackBerry disseminated today, the company said that …

Add an iris scanner to the iPhone 8's list of suspected features

Each year, one of the most anticipated smartphone releases is Apple’s iPhone. Whatever your personal opinion on the product line may be, there’s no denying that the announcement and launch of a new iPhone creates for the most buzz and talk compared to other competitors. Last year’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still created for a great deal of hubbub, but they were definitely some of Apple’s more conservative products in recent memory.

Thoughts and rumors about 2017’s iPhone have been circulating pretty much every since the 7 and 7 Plus were announced, and we’ve heard some pretty wild …