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Your Next Smartphone May Not Be Needing That Physical Fingerprint Scanner Soon

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Next-generation fingerprint sensors won’t be tied to specific buttons, nor will they require cutouts that take up precious space on the phone. Companies like Synaptics now have fingerprint sensor solutions that can be embedded under a phone or tablet’s display glass, “capable of high-resolution scanning through 1mm of full cover glass and enables clean, button-free industrial designs,”.

Most Android phones like the Galaxy S7 incorporate a fingerprint sensor into a traditional home button, most Android phones use on-screen navigation, and are forced to find other places to embed biometrics.

The Synaptics FS9100 promises to make fingerprint sensors more water resistant and less prone to degradation over time, and for manufacturers, easier to implement. The main takeaway here is that Synaptics’ solution is optical, not capacitive, which doesn’t require thinning of the surface glass to improve recognition:

Under cover glass biometrics eliminates button cut-outs and glass thinning processes required by capacitive under-glass sensors, leading to glass yield improvements.

Optical sensors have been quite  unpopular than capacitive ones because they require light to function, and because they aren’t typically able to take a 3D reading of a digit. Synaptics claims that they have overcome the problem with this latest generation, and that the FS9100 is even able to accurately read fingerprints through 2.5D glass, which is increasingly common on devices like the Galaxy series.

Synaptics says that mass shipments will begin in the second quarter of next year, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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MTN Instabinge 1GB For N200 Now Valid For 3 Days

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Instagram addicts MTN has something special for you guys. The MTN Instabinge 1GB for N200 is now valid for 3 days.

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The MTN Pulse InstaBinge bundle comes in two bundles rate which is 250MB for N100 and 1GB for N200 valid for 3 days..The offer is exclusive to Pulse users, meaning you need to migrate to Pulse by dialing *406#.

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Fam! The #MTNInstabinge heavy bundle is now valid for 3days and keeps getting better and better #JustForYou. Dial *406# to begin. pic.twitter.com/Pzs7vwHJtn

MTN Nigeria (@MTNNG) May 7, 2019

Before now, it was valid for just 24 hours, but MTN took to their social media handle to announce the new changes to 3 days validity.

To check InstaBinge bundle balance, dial *559*39#.

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Android 10 / Android Q beta is now available for Tecno Spark 3 Pro and 20 other devices

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Google has been working round the clock to release the next version of Android and now Android 10 (Android Q) beta is now available for Tecno Spark 3 Pro and about 20 other smartphones.

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It’s rather interesting to see a Tecno Spark 3 Pro added to the list of devices that are available for Google’s Android Q beta program but I’m still skeptical if it’s going to work well for now, not just on the Tecno but some other devices on the list.

If you have been following up the Android Q features lately you’ll know that Android 10 comes with a couple of new features – A native screen recording feature and of course dark mode.

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Android Q Beta 3 – Supported devices

  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Google Pixel 3
  • Google Pixel 3 XL
  • Sony Xperia XZ3
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G
  • Xiaomi Mi 9
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Nokia 8.1
  • LG G8
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • ASUS ZenFone 5Z
  • realme 3 Pro
  • OPPO Reno
  • Vivo NEX A
  • Vivo NEX S
  • Vivo X27
  • TECNO SPARK 3 Pro
  • Essential Phone

If you are already on Android Beta Program,  you’ll get the OTA updates automatically but for other devices, you can get the download link from Android developers website.

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