Samsung's foldable smartphone might include technology similar to Apple's 3D Touch

If Samsung manages to launch the long-rumored Galaxy X, the foldable smartphone might benefit from some technologies that have yet to make it in any of the company’s products. One of these technologies is already implemented by the competition and everyone knows them as 3D Touch (Apple) or Force Touch (Huawei).

To some degree, Samsung implemented the pressure-sensitive technology to the Galaxy S8/S8+, but it’s only present around the virtual home button. Last year, the South Korean giant filed for a patent that describes a technology similar to Apple’s 3D Touch and Huawei’s Force Touch, …


Apple SVP Federighi: Touch ID was not intended for multiple users

One difference between Touch ID and Face ID (besides the obvious fact that one is a fingerprint sensor and the other is a facial recognition system) is that the former inadvertently supports multiple users, while the latter does not. For the convenience of Touch ID users, multiple fingerprints can be registered so that you can touch the fingerprint button from different angles. This also can be used to allow more than one person to use the same Touch ID enabled iPhone model.

While there are some Apple iPhone X users who would have preferred Apple to offer Face ID support for multiple users …

The reason for those smooth iPhone X gestures? 120Hz touch input sampling

Before actually getting to use the iPhone X last week, we were a bit on the fence about its new gesture-based navigation of swiping up, holding, or flipping through recent apps. Could these really replace the simple act of tapping the legacy home key? 

Our worries, it turned out during the review process, were in vain. Not only are the gestures very intuitive, and easy to become second nature, but also the sheer responsiveness of the display while executing those made us wonder what could be behind the smooth operation. We din’t encounter a …

Executive says Apple never tried to embed Touch ID on the back, front or side of iPhone X

During the winter, spring and summer, back in the days when everyone called the tenth anniversary version of the iPhone the Apple iPhone 8, there was a serious question about where Apple was going to put the Touch ID button. After all, the edge-to-edge screen was expected to leave no room for a front-facing  button for the fingerprint scanner. Quickly, rumors spread that Apple wanted to embed Touch ID under the display. And plan B was rumored to be a rear-facing Touch ID button.

The public really was hoping for a Touch ID button that would be placed under the display. Every time a render …

Essential Phone receiving another update that improves touch scrolling, adds security patches

The Essential Phone is getting another update, smaller than the previous one, which brings a couple of improvements and some security patches. The firmware version NMJ20D weighs in at 74MB, so this isn’t a large download at all.

The changelog mentions a security patch for KRACK WPA2 vulnerability, as well as the October security update that’s been released by Google earlier this month.

As far as the smartphone’s software is concerned, Essential says the update should improve touch scrolling. Also, the update is supposed to improve the performance of the …

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: …

Sony Xperia Touch now available for purchase in the U.S. for a small fortune

After introducing its interactive projector in Europe earlier in the summer, Sony announced the Xperia Touch is now available for purchase in the United States. T-Mobile is the only carrier in the country to offer the device through its brick and mortar stores, but Amazon is selling it as well.

Customers who want to buy the Xperia Touch interactive projector will have to come up with no less than $1699.99. Keep in mind that T-Mobile will only sell the device in select flagship stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Miami.

The Xperia Touch interactive projector …

3D Touch gesture to access the app switcher will return with future iOS 11 update

A gesture that Apple had to drop from iOS 11 due to a “technical constraint,” will return in a future update of the company’s mobile operating system. The dropped gesture allowed iPhone users to quickly reach the app switcher to switch between open apps. The user simply hard-pressed along the left edge of the screen, and swiped to the right and released. The user could then swipe to the right to see a carousal of open apps. Apps could be closed by flicking them up and off the screen.

This information was discovered in an email sent by Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, …

How to download and install iOS 11 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Today, September 19, is iOS 11 release day, as Apple is set to unleash the official version of the operating system to the iPhones, iPads and iPod touch listed above. The release will likely kick off at around 10 AM Pacific time, which is the usual time Apple seeds major new firmware updates. As usual, it will be rolled out in waves, meaning you should not freak out if you don’t receive the update in a timely manner, it will arrive eventually.

As usual, there are some winners and losers, meaning that really old iPhones and Apple tablets won’t get any of the iOS …

WSJ: No Touch ID for iPhone 8, but a new facial-recognition feature might be embedded

We’re less than a week away from Apple’s big launch event and we’re still overwhelmed by the sheer number leaks that supposedly depict one or more of the three iPhones that are expected to be unveiled on September 12. 

Wall Street Journal has it from trusted sources that Apple dropped the idea of including a fingerprint sensor in the new OLED display. After deciding to do away with the physical home button, it tried to put the Touch ID function in the display.

Unfortunately, the attempt proved more difficult than Apple initially thought, …