Posts tagged with: fingerprint scanner
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    A couple weeks back we got what sounded like good – if not just a few months later than we'd like – news: Sony was just about to bring some of its latest flagship hardware to the US as it prepared to start sales of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. Better late than never, though, right? Well, if these were the same Z5 and Z5 Compact as we'd seen elsewhere, perhaps we could learn to be happy that we were getting them at all, but it wasn't long before a new wrinkle developed in this tale, as we got word that Sony had altered the construction of its phones and removed one of their most ...

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    An interview with Lenovo SVP Chen Xudong has been strung out and splayed apart over and over again as bloggers translating the transcript have been left drawing some troubling conclusions. One of those conclusions was that the company would be dropping the Moto E and Moto G, Motorola Mobility's best-selling phone of all-time, from future production. However, Chen only said that the Moto G will continue to face challenges in high-priced markets. Motorola later announced that the two phones would still be on the docket for 2016. Motorola is also cleaning up other garble from the code switch ...

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    LeTV will be in Las Vegas this year, but not at CES. It'll be presenting a day before just outside of grounds. It's likely then that we'll learn more about the latest mega-flagship phone that the conglomerate has up its sleeves. It was clocked with record-breaking Snapdragon 820 performance and teased with a whole lot of attitude. Well, if it weren't enough to pack the muscle into this thing, we now have new limbs growing off of it: namely, ultrasonic fingerprint recognition, conventional fingerprint scanning on the main display area, iris scanning and "other such technologies." In terms ...

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    Can't you feel that holiday cheer, Samsung? The Ga-la-la-la-laaa-la-la-laxy A9 is back on the eggnog overflow and we have more details as to what it tows. And there's also a little quirk that made us shift in our seats just a little bit. See if you can spot it and guess what we think it means while we go through the laundry list. The new leak from Weibo seems to be a showroom specifications card meant for Samsung plots in retail stores or carriers. This one's for the dual-SIM version that can apparently come in salmon, champagne or white colors. The 2.5D glass (as we learned about in a ...

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    The current breadth of mobile payment systems is still fairly limited. We've focused in-depth pieces on the three major efforts from Android, Apple and Samsung so far. In regards to the chaebol of the group, it says that Samsung Pay has been doing well for them, especially in its home country, and expansion is not a question of if, but how and when. Rival chaebol LG hopes that the wild west is still open enough for one more payments solution as it plans on launching something that could appear in both Korea and the US as early as next month. The company is signing agreements with Korea's ...

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    Samsung's pretty satisfied with its new mobile payments system that it's worked hard at putting together. Money's been trading hands at a good clip. The company's Injong Rhee has been rallying retail support in the US. But one of the big stumbling blocks that appears in contrast with the number of smartphones the manufacturer sells every year is that Samsung Pay's reach is limited to owners of this year's flagships. We've had breadcrumbs about the chaebol's plans to expand the service to mid-range and low-end phones. But for that to happen, those phones are going to need fingerprint ...

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    A few of us at Pocketnow have been opponents to using fingerprint scanners as biometric security devices on our phones for quite a while. There are various reasons why fingerprints should be used for identification, but not for passwords. Nonetheless, the industry is sprinting toward using fingerprints as passwords, and now Google has gotten in the game with Nexus Imprint on its latest phones, the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Both phones are built by separate OEMs, and each uses different fingerprint scanner hardware. Apple, Samsung, HTC, and others include fingerprint scanners on their ...

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    On a Thursday in New York, we'll be waiting on Microsoft to introduce some new Lumias and LG to introduce a one-sided cyclops. But this Tuesday on the left coast, we're chomping at the bit for some new hardware and one big reveal on software from Google. If you haven't brushed up on the details of what we've been talking about, don't worry! "S'more" details are coming at you right here with our rumor roundup. Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P Arguably the graham crackers of this sweet, sweet sandwich, we (and by "we," I do mean we) are looking forward to two new devices in the Nexus smartphone ...

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    According to industry sources cited by DigiTimes, fingerprint scanner prices have dropped 50% compared to early 2015. While, at the beginning of the year, a fingerprint scanner was priced at about $7-$8, now the same component has reached $5. Said sources also claim that the prices are likely to continue dropping next year, a trend which is mostly due to competition on the market, thanks to multiple manufacturers. But the increase in suppliers is not the only reason for the price drop; the report claims that components made in China and Taiwan with high performance/cost ratio are ...

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    Is Sony really about to introduce its next-gen flagships, just months after the Xperia Z4/Z3+ arrived? It's certainly the kind of behavior we've seen from the company before, and even if there was a bit of a lull after the release of the original Z3, it could well be time for Sony to get back into one of these phases of launch after launch. Earlier this week we checked out a hardware leak that attempted to reveal some new Xperia Z-series hardware – phones that looked like they'd introduce a new side-mounted fingerprint scanner, one integrated with the power button. Today we get a closer ...

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    How nuts is it that Sony's latest Androids are just hours old at this point, and our attention has already soundly moved on to what's next, as rumors start talking about the company's upcoming IFA event, and our chances of seeing some new flagship-level smartphones. The idea that Sony could be quick to release the Xperia Z5 has already been bouncing around this summer, and suggestions of a possible tie-in with November's new James Bond film might support the idea of a launch in our near future. But just what can we expect from the Z5 in terms of the phone's hardware? A new leak may offer a ...

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    Fingerprint scanners have become synonymous with mobile security. Ever since the iPhone 5s introduced Touch ID, the use of PIN codes has skyrocketed in users. Of course, fingerprint scanners weren't the first method of protecting personal information — far from it. PIN codes, alphanumeric passwords, and even facial recognition had been on smartphones for years before the biometric boom. The one thing Touch ID has that the rest lack, however, is profound convenience. Typing in a four to six digit PIN every single time you want to access your phone, while protective, gets old fast, and ...

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    Touch. Tap. Push. Prod. Swab. Stab. The button takes a lot of nonsense from its users. And also Benny Benassi and The Biz, but if I hear "push me and then just touch me" one more time, I might need a barbiturate. Anyways, people usually don't give these things much credit for doing what they do and what engineers have made them do. It didn't need to be a button Take the iPhone 5S with its home button. It implemented a fingerprint sensor on top of it and Apple thus created Touch ID. Touch ID was made to take the taps and swipes and repetition away from accessing secure features: unlocking ...

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    Inch by inch, the OnePlus 2 is slowly coming into view. For weeks now OnePlus has been teasing us with details about its upcoming new flagship, from its choice of SoC to news about the phone's selling price. Last week we heard about the presence of a reversible USB type-C connector, and later got a firm date for the OnePlus 2's full launch event: July 27. Of course, we've got weeks to go until then, and plenty that's yet to be confirmed about the phone, giving OnePlus ample opportunity to reveal even more specs. Today it shares the latest, confirming plans to give the OnePlus 2 a ...

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    Today and tomorrow, Google is hosting its developer conference, Google I/O 2015. Like last year, we got to see the next version of Android for the very first time. Also like last year, Google isn't giving away the name of the next version, it's simply referred to as it's letter - in this case: Android M. This morning Dave Burke, VP Engineering (Android) at Google, took the stage, giving us all a first-hand look at Android M. Though nothing was mentioned about the version number of this upcoming release, the changes that were mentioned sound a lot like Android M will be version 5.2 rather ...

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    Google very well may be planning to introduce Android M at Google I/O in just another week. At least, Android L debuted at I/O last year, and the I/O 2015 schedule briefly made reference to Android M before a hasty Google revision. We've already talked a little about the new features we'd most like to see arrive with this next major version of Android, but what's still a pipe dream, and what could actually happen? One change that's picking up some new support is the plan to give Android built-in support for fingerprint scanning hardware. You can already find a number of noteworthy Androids ...

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    Today there are more ways than ever before to authenticate your identity when trying to access a device. We've got more phones with fingerprint scanners than at any other time in history, and companies are always coming up with new login techniques, like NFC-enabled body stickers. As all those fingerprint scanners can attest to, biometric ID systems are hot, and improving technology only promises to make them better. Today we learn of a new effort from Microsoft to embrace all these disparate security measures, as it announces Windows Hello for Windows 10. Windows Hello delivers ...

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    The custom configuration options offered by Motorola's Moto Maker service add up to one of the most engaging mobile hardware shopping experiences you'll find anywhere; the ability to experiment with different design elements and instantly see the result can be hugely satisfying. And though it's been around for a while, not everyone's been able to take full advantage it. Following initial US availability, we've seen the service expand into select markets abroad, but you still can't get it everywhere. At the Mobile World Congress this week, Motorola President Rick Osterloh talked a little ...

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    With MWC ending, our fickle smartphone attention is sure to start turning to whatever's next, eager to latch-on to the next big handset to launch. Sure, Apple's got that event coming up on Monday, but that's likely to be the Apple Watch's shindig, with no major handset new expect. Maybe next on our radar will be LG, with its next-gen G4 expected for sometime this spring. Yesterday we checked out a report where LG not only talked about a G4-killing superphone, but also shed some light on expectations for the arrival of the phone itself, mentioning a debut following the launch of the LG UX ...

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    MWC is always a great place to see the latest mobile devices, from smartwatches, to phones, to tablets and beyond. And while complete, commercial products are some of the easiest to get excited about, the expo also manages to bring us news about hot new components – the parts that aren't ready to start showing up in handsets just yet, but could be instrumental in next-generation models. Today Qualcomm had a few such developments to share with us, including a new Snapdragon processor, some advanced authentication tech, and a platform that will drive the future of its SoC lineup. That ...

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    The Nexus 6 may offer a pretty all-around respectable hardware experience, but could it have been even better? It wasn't long after the phone launched that we found ourselves revisiting some earlier rumors, ones that looked into the possibility of getting a fingerprint scanner. Sure enough, the software support for such a scanner was there, only to be pulled a couple months before launch. So what went wrong? Former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside may have left the company coming up on a year ago by now, but he has a little insight to share about this whole fingerprint angle for the Nexus 6. ...

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    It's happening: the big late-Q1 smartphone launch season is within sight. HTC's invite for its big MWC event is out, and it may just foretell the arrival of the One M9. And while we don't yet have a date for Samsung's event, expectations are high that we'll be seeing that manufacturer introduce its Galaxy S6. Overnight, we checked out some of the latest GS6 info to become available, seeming to confirm rumors of the phone getting a quad HD display and a 64-bit SoC. Now a new rumor is turning its attention to a different bit of the GS6's anatomy, talking about some changes Samsung may be ...

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    Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn't happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we're being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner. The ...

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    Well this is a nice change of pace: for weeks now we've been keeping track of Oppo N3 teasers, with the company dropping details about its upcoming Android little by little. From its interesting body materials to its rotating camera, much of what we know about this handset stems from Oppo's controlled dissemination of news. That's what makes today's find so different, as an unofficial leak seems to reveal a fingerprint scanner hiding away on the back of the N3. Oppo already shared with us a pic of the phone's back when revealing its camera a few days back, but the cropped image didn't ...

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    Critics can accuse Apple of following instead of leading with the arrival of NFC support in its latest hardware -set up to start facilitating mobile Apple Pay payments- all they want, but there's at least one component of that project where Apple's breaking new ground, making those NFC-based payments happen with a smartwatch. Sure, we've seen NFC-equipped smartwatches before, but not any so intimately tied to a payment system. But while the Apple Watch may be first, it won't be the last, and we get word today that Samsung is developing a payment-equipped smartwatch of its own. An ...

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