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PinePhone news roundup (1-24-2021)

It’s been a busy week for PinePhone hardware and software developers. If you’ve been following LinuxSmartphone on Twitter you may have noticed that developers have made progress in making several different Linux distributions more usable, while other developers have been working to bring open source firmware to the PinePhone’s modem. The PinePhone KDE Community Edition […]

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Samsung’s latest portable SSD has a built-in fingerprint reader

Portable USB SSDs may be pricier than portable hard drives, but prices have been falling in recent years, making them viable alternatives. They offer plenty of advantages including speedier data transfers, smaller sizes, and better durability thanks to the lack of moving parts. Samsung’s newest entry also adds something else to the mix: biometric security. […]

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Hack allows Pixel 4 Face Unlock to work with unsupported apps (root required)

Google’s Pixel 4 smartphone feature a brand new Face Unlock system that not only allows you to login to your phone by looking at it, but also to login to apps for banking, password management, or other activities where security is important. The only catch is that developers need to explicitly update their apps to […]

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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy S10 fingerprint flaw, promises a fix

After a Samsung Galaxy S10 owner in Britain reported this week that the fingerprint sensor on her phone could be fooled simply by adding a screen protector to the phone, Samsung has acknowledged the issue and promised to fix it with an upcoming software update. The Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature an […]

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Vivo launches V11 smartphone with in-display fingerprint sensor, tiny notch

Chinese phone maker Vivo is continuing to launch nearly bezel-free smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors. The latest is called the Vivo V11 and it will be available soon in India and Thailand, with additional markets to follow. It also has one of the smallest camera notches of any phone to date, thanks to what Vivo […]

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Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS: Triple cameras, in-display fingerprint reader, and 512GB of storage

If you thought Huawei’s new €899 P20 Pro smartphone was expensive, the Chinese phone maker has another model that makes it look cheap. The Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS has all of the P20 Pro’s best features, plus a higher-resolution display, two fingerprint sensors (an in-display model plus a rear sensor), and support for up to 512GB of […]

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If you’re using Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro, update your software

Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro is an application that shipped on more than two dozen Lenovo ThinkPad laptops and desktops released with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 software. The company stopped shipping it on systems that come with Windows 10, because Microsoft has added native support for fingerprint recognition to the operating system. But […]

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Sony Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2 go official (and have usable fingerprint sensors in the US)

At first glance, the new Sony Xperia XA2 and L2 line of smartphones may look virtually identical to every other phone Sony has released in the past few years. But there’s on important difference: the company has moved the fingerprint sensor from the sides of the phone to the back. That means you have a […]

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Vivo smartphones to be first with under-glass fingerprint sensor from Synaptics

This week Synaptics announced it’s begun mass production of an under-glass, in-display fingerprint sensor and that the company is working with a top five OEM. Earlier this year we’d heard that Chinese smartphone maker Vivo was working on phones with under-glass fingerprint sensors. Coincidence? Nope. In an article for Forbes, Patrick Moorhead says he got […]

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Vivo’s new phone may have a fingerprint sensor hidden beneath the screen

Chinese phone maker Vivo may not be a household name in the West. But the company was one of the top 5 smartphone makers in terms of shipment volume for a little while last year. And Vivo has a habit of unveiling devices with bleeding-edge features before they become more widely available on competitor’s devices. […]