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The S10’s fingerprint reader got fooled by a 3D printer but don’t panic

You can “fool” anything as long as you’re using it as intended while you try.

Someone tricked the Galaxy S10’s in-screen ultrasonic fingerprint sensor with a 3D-printed fingerprint. Only, not really.

A lock wants a key. It doesn’t care where that key comes from.

A person who is adept at the right software was able to take a photograph of his fingerprint on a wine glass and recreate it in three dimensions using a 3D printer, then  [Read More…]

Galaxy S10’s in-display sensor was fooled by a 3D printed fingerprint

The Galaxy S10 has a newer ultrasonic in-display sensor, but it still isn’t foolproof.

The Galaxy S10 is the first Samsung phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and unlike the optical modules we’ve seen before, Samsung went with Qualcomm’s ultrasonic sensor. In theory, the ultrasonic sensor is meant to be faster and more secure than an optical module as it relies on ultrasonic waves to create a 3D map of your fingerprint, but that has proved otherwise.  [Read More…]

Opinion: In-screen fingerprint scanners are an unnecessary step back

A new trend is hitting smartphones and I’m not sure I care for it. Much like the elimination of the 3.5mm jack a few years ago, smartphone makers are starting to adopt in-screen fingerprint scanners and do away with the physical capacitive scanners found on most phones. I’m all for innovation, but the subtraction of something shouldn’t be removed bothers me.

It’s an unnecessary step back for tech that doesn’t offer any functionality past aesthetics. In-screen options do offer OEMs  [Read More…]

In-screen fingerprint sensors are bad and need to go away

This is the worst thing about phones in 2019.

I got my hands on the Galaxy S10 about a week ago, and so far I’ve been loving every minute of using the phone. Well, almost every minute of it.

The Galaxy S10 is one heck of a smartphone and easily one of the best you can buy right now, but it has a feature that’s been causing me endless headaches — the in-screen fingerprint sensor. This is  [Read More…]

Optical versus ultrasonic: The difference between in-display fingerprint scanners

When it comes to securing your phone using biometrics, we currently have several different options. Face ID, iris scanning, and fingerprint scanning are among some of the most common. with fingerprint scanning the most widely used. Recently, we’ve seen it move from physical buttons and readers to below the glass.

Currently, there are two different technologies used to scan your fingerprint through the display. One, an optical scanner, uses light and the other, ultrasonic, uses inaudible sound waves. While these  [Read More…]

What is an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and why do you want it?

Best answer: An ultrasonic fingerprint sensor works by bouncing a sonic pulse wave off of your fingertip to create a three-dimensional image. It’s much more secure than optical in-display sensors and will work even if your fingers are greasy, dirty, or wet.

Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S10 ($ 900) Samsung: Samsung Galaxy S10+ ($ 1000) Sonic sound pressure waves give ultrasonic sensors an edge over optical ones

Modern smartphones have shed the bezels for the most part, and  [Read More…]

Whitestone Dome screen protector to work with Galaxy S10 fingerprint scanner without a hole

With the Samsung Galaxy S10 release swiftly approaching it is no surprise that accessories are already popping up. What is surprising is popular screen protector maker Whitestone Dome claims that its protector is the only one to work without a hole.

Not too long ago a video surfaced online showing the Galaxy S10 with a screen protector with a rather sizable hole for the in display fingerprint scanner. I found this to be quite the eyesore and I’m sure many  [Read More…]

Alcatel Onyx launches exclusively on Cricket with dual cameras, fingerprint scanner, and more for $120

Launching today exclusively on Cricket is the Alcatel Onyx, a feature-packed phone that won’t drain your wallet. With a price of only $ 120 you might be surprised the Onyx packs in some premium features such as a dual camera with portrait mode, fingerprint scanner, and face unlock.

Along with all of these extras the Onyx is backed by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5.5-inch 18:9 HD+ display. The 13MP + 2MP camera setup on the  [Read More…]

Vivo Apex 2019 has a full-screen fingerprint sensor and no ports

The Vivo Apex 2019 is just a seamless slab of glass and metal that’s devoid of any openings.

Vivo seems to be making a habit of releasing otherworldly designs. The Chinese company showed off the Apex last February, revealing a design with a 98% screen-to-body ratio and in-display fingerprint tech. Vivo is now kicking things up a notch with the Apex 2019.

Vivo announced the Apex 2019 at a press conference in Beijing, and it’s safe to  [Read More…]

Qualcomm debuts new ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor technology

We’re already moving on to the next generation of in-display fingerprint sensors.

Alongside the announcement of the new Snapdragon 855 mobile platform, Qualcomm is also debuting new in-display fingerprint technology that is already available to manufacturers and will be launched in commercial phones in 2019. Unlike the current crop of in-display fingerprint sensors, like those in the OnePlus 6T, Huawei Mate 20 Pro and countless others that use optical scanners, this new technology uses ultrasonic waves from  [Read More…]