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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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    Samsung brought fingerprint scanners to its smartphones with the launch of the Galaxy S5, and in the time that's followed we've seen the tech expand to come to other Samsung phones, as well as the company's tablet lineup. With the Note 4 expected to launch next week, we've all been assuming that fingerprint scanning would make a return, and now a new rumor attempts to spell-out just what about Samsung's implementation might be changing, and what could be staying the same. Reportedly, the Note 4 will use a Synaptics Natural ID sensor, just like previous Samsung devices. And like those ...

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    It's been a little slow to happen, but fingerprint scanning on mobile devices is slowly beginning to make a comeback. After Apple got things rolling with the iPhone 5S, we've seen efforts from HTC, and most recently Samsung, to bring such sensors to their own models – we're even likely to soon see the tech extend to tablets. But the hottest space in mobile right now isn't smartphones nor tablets, but the exploding wearables market; will fingerprint scanning find a home there? Sensor-maker Synaptics says “yes,” and that we might see such devices arrive next year. That's according to ...

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    Late last year we looked at reports that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded in the iPhone 5S's home button wasn't always performing as well as users expected it to, and specifically its recognition rate appeared to get worse over time. Back in February we heard that Apple was on top of things and planning a software update to help resolve the problem. Then one week ago Apple released iOS 7.1.1, delivering just that Touch ID fix. But what really changed, in order to make performance so much better? While not an official explanation, one account attempts to detail just what's going on ...

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    If we're to believe those new rumors about Android Silver, the Nexus series of devices may soon be going the way of the dodo, but with that transition not expected until sometime next year, one more Nexus smartphone could still be in the cards. We've heard a few stabs at what to expect from the Nexus 6, from a pared-down version of the LG G3, to something from Lenovo, and even wondered about a curved-screen handset. Today's rumor returns to the idea of a G3-based One, and in particular focuses on the idea of the phone arriving with a fingerprint scanner. While we haven't talked much about ...

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    With the recent release of the GS5, I think it’s important to look back on its roots. Remember where it came from. Reflect on where it is going. No, I’m not talking about the entire device, just that stupid little thing on the bottom of it. That’s right, the fingerprint scanner. The reason we’re looking at the fingerprint scanner is, well, it’s kind of ridiculous in a Samsungy kind of way. The interesting part about that little button is not the fact that Samsung decided to put a fingerprint scanner on its flagship phone. I mean really, if you look at the progression of devices ...

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    Earlier today, I posted a piece arguing that the Galaxy S 5 doesn't deserve all the crap it's getting from smartphone enthusiasts who were expecting more from Samsung's new Android flagship. While I stand by that opinion, the device's flaws still need pointing out - and I think a very big one can be found in the Galaxy S 5 fingerprint scanner. There are certainly larger laments to air when it comes to the newest Galaxy. The storage problem, the familiar look of TouchWiz, the resemblance of the back cover to a Band-Aid - all of it is important (in the way that arguments about the minutiae ...

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    Somewhere in our oversized utility bin filling up with Galaxy S 5 rumor after Galaxy S 5 rumor, there are several different reports about what we might hope to expect from the phone in terms of a fingerprint scanner – that is, assuming Samsung finally moves forward with such a project (after a false start with the Note 3). One of the most recent rumors suggested that the GS5 (as well as the next iPhone) could feature some advanced in-panel scanning technology which would let users authenticate themselves by simply pressing their finger up against the phone's display. However, now a new ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    What does the future hold for fingerprint scanners on smartphones? While we had once dismissed the technology as impractical, flawed, or just a relic of the past, last year's iPhone 5S really brought it back into the spotlight in a major way. A number of other OEMs have jumped on the bandwagon, though none have really been able to recapture Apple's success. As far as models from major manufacturers go, the HTC One Max is the only one that really stands out, and even there the implementation left a lot to be desired; had this fingerprint reinsurance fizzled before it really had a chance to ...

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    Has the fingerprint-scanners-on-phones bubble already burst? This past summer, it sure looked like it was about to become the hot new feature, and while we saw Touch ID arrive for the iPhone 5S, fingerprint scanning hasn't really taken off for Android devices. Granted, there's the HTC One Max, but we had issues with the implementation there, and the phone itself wasn't exactly a flagship to begin with. And while OEMs like Pantech have embraced the tech, rumors about bigger players like Samsung getting involved have yet to bear fruit. Will we ever see a fingerprint scanner on a high-profile ...

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    Congratulations HTC. You've outdone Apple. Champagne is falling from the skies in your honor. No one thought it was possible, but I believed in you. Once the rumors broke, I knew you wouldn't let me down, and you did not. Kudos. You showed Apple how it's done. You managed to screw up fingerprint sensor implementation even more than Cupertino. You know what we call that? We call that a “Boomsound”. When Apple first debuted Touch ID, it seemed (and still seems to me) a foolhardy concept. The world is just not ready to have our phones storing our fingerprints, nor waiting for a phone to ...

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    In these United States we are protected by the Bill of Rights. These Rights guarantee freedoms of speech, assembly, religion, press, and more. There are, however, two Rights which you might be sacrificing, at least somewhat, if you use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. First of all, I'm not inferring that any of our readers or editors might run into problems with the law -- except Michael Fisher, that guy just looks like "trouble" -- however, even I have been pulled over for one thing or another. All it takes is one case of mistaken identity or being in the wrong place at the wrong ...

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