Yep, Sony phones finally have fingerprint scanners in the US

For years now, Sony’s smartphones came sans a fingerprint scanner in the US. To be exact, the hardware itself had a biometric reader installed, but the software on all US-bound variants of Sony’s phones had the scanner disabled.

Why? Well, an official answer was never given, but an alleged insider familiar with the matter did leak out that Sony had a deal with some carrier that went sour and the manufacturer was prohibited to sell phones with fingerprint scanners for x amount of time after the contract breach.

It looks like that time is up now, in 2018, as Sony is kicking the doors …


Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 press renders leak out, rear fingerprint scanners included

In 2017, Sony released no less than eight Xperia smartphones,
from affordable to expensive models, and it looks like the company has similar
plans for this year. While many fans are probably waiting for Sony’s 2018
high-end phones (which should include an Xperia XZ2), we’re now going to talk
about the mid-range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra, and the lower-end Xperia L2.

 

We’ve already seen leaked images showing the Xperia XA2, XA2
Ultra, and L2. However, now, thanks to Venture Beat, we can take a look at press renders of the new
handsets – most likely, Sony will use these to promote the three …

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 …

We're one step closer to on-screen fingerprint scanners, CrucialTec obtains US patent

Biometric solution developer CrucialTec has obtained a patent for its on-screen fingerprint solution in the US, according to The Investor. 
The technology, dubbed DFS (display fingerprint solution), can enhance the touch sensitivity capabilities on a fixed part of a smartphone display panel, allowing it to scan fingerprints. 
All of the components included in the module are transparent, while the company also boasts that the production process is highly efficient, as manufacturing can be shared …

Oh… so that's why Sony disables its fingerprint scanners in the USA

Sony has had fingerprint scanners embedded into the power buttons of its smartphones since the Xperia Z5 family, released a year and a half ago. And since then, it has released its phones in the US with the fingerprint scanners disabled — even the new XZs and XZ Premium fall under that rule. A baffling decision, which angered even the Sony-faithful. However, despite the users’ disgruntlement being loud and clear, the company just wouldn’t back down on its decision. Why?

Seeing that everyone in this market is vying for the attention of every single customer, we did believe that Sony isn’t …