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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. […]

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Synaptics multi-factor tech combines fingerprint, facial recognition for secure logins

Synaptics has been offering fingerprint sensor solutions for mobile devices for a while. But sometimes you want a little more assurance that only authorized people can unlock your phone, tablet, or notebook. So now Synaptics is adding a multi-factor solution that combines a fingerprint reader and facial recognition. If a device maker adopts the new […]

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Synaptics launches smartphone fingerprint scanner that sits under the glass screen

The company that makes the touchpads found on many laptops also makes fingerprint sensors, and the company’s latest is an optical scanner designed to sit below a glass screen on smartphones. In other words, it’ll be able to read your fingerprint through the glass, without the need for any cut-outs or indentations. Among other things, […]

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Enable fingerprint sensor on Sony’s Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ smartphones (US variants)

Sony’s latest flagship smartphones are available globally… but if you buy the Xperia X Compact or Xperia XZ in the United States, you’ll get a phone with a non-functioning fingerprint sensor. But it turns out that’s a limitation of the phone’s software, not it’s hardware. Want to use the fingerprint reader in the United States? […]

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BIO-key launches USB fingerprint readers (Windows Hello compatible)

Microsoft introduced a new secure login system called Windows Hello with Windows 10. It allows you to login on some devices using a fingerprint reader, facial recognition, or iris scanner. But for up until recently the only way to use Windows Hello was to buy a PC or smartphone that already had the required hardware. […]

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LG’s new fingerprint sensor fits below a smartphone screen (no separate button required)

Most high-end smartphones hitting the market these days feature fingerprint sensors (and some mid-range phones have them too). But there’s no real consensus on the best place to put the scanner: some phones have them below the screen, others on the back. A few companies even put them on the sides of the phone. LG […]

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Nexus Imprint fingerprint authentication (video)

While smartphone makers have been including fingerprint sensors on Android handsets for a little while, Android 6.0 is the first version of Google’s mobile operating system to feature native support for fingerprint authentication. To highlight the feature, Google developed a new fingerprint sensor system called Nexus Imprint for the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones. You […]

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Synaptics unveils fingerprint sensor with its own chip for better security

Fingerprint sensors used to be something you’d primarily find on business-class laptops. But a growing number of smartphones feature built-in fingerprint scanners which let you unlock your device or perform other actions using your unique fingerprint instead of a password. Now Synaptics has introduced a new fingerprint sensor which the company says offers even better […]