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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday December 16 2017, @07:52PM   Printer-friendly
from the fingerprints-left-behind dept.

Synaptics has created a 0.7 mm thick fingerprint sensor that can scan your finger from underneath a smartphone display, and the first company to use it will be the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo:

A brand you've never heard of will release the first phone with an in-screen fingerprint sensor

A few days ago, Synaptics announced that it's ready to mass-produce a fingerprint sensor that can be placed under the display of a smartphone, teasing that a top five smartphone maker is going to use the technology later this year. Synaptics' press release made it look like Samsung may be the first company to make use of its technology. But it looks like that won't be the case, as a new report reveals the company that will make this hotly anticipated handset... and if you're in the United States, you've probably never even heard of it.

[...] Forbes claims to have learned that Vivo will make the first smartphone to use Synaptics' Clear ID sensor.

Vivo, a company whose name might not be familiar to you, is actually a top-five smartphone maker thanks to its large presence in Chine[sic]. Forbes contributor Patrick Moorhead got to test the Clear ID sensor:

The Clear ID experience was fast and simple- I pressed the right side button to wake, a fingerprint image illuminated at the bottom of the phone, I touched it, and it let me in. I am expecting Vivo to modify the experience, so I just have to "hold to wake" so I do not even have to use the button.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:46PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @08:46PM (#610787)

    They'll have to if they want to have access to the free internet we'll need to begin building now that net neutrality is gone. The corporations will, of course, use their standard propaganda against “darknets” and subversive things like open hardware.

    I'd rather only authenticate with my gnupg key.

  • (Score: 2) by MostCynical on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:06PM (1 child)

    by MostCynical (2589) on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:06PM (#610799) Journal

    Do you keep that on a usb stick or do you remember all the keys?

    Books are a poor substitute for female companionship, but they are easier to find. P Rothfuss “The Wise Man's Fear"
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:16PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @10:16PM (#610800)

      USB stick is the plan. Then my home directory can go there too on loopback crypto mount upon login. I haven't started looking at PAM module development yet, though. Should be easily multi-user capable.

      Of course, given that my system is not open hardware, I suppose I really have no guarantee that the thing won't read my private key and ship it off to the lizard people.