18 months later and while in-display fingerprint sensors have taken a step forward with Samsung's Galaxy S10, they're still not, you know, good.
Andrew Martonik, writing for Android Central:
The only thing detracting from the complete package is the fingerprint sensor. A clear downgrade. It's a real shame that it puts a mark on such an amazing phone. I understand why Samsung did it, but it's interesting that it keeps making biometric decisions that fall short.The only thing detracting from the complete package is the fingerprint sensor. A clear downgrade. It's a real shame that it puts a mark on such an amazing phone. I understand why Samsung did it, but it's interesting that it keeps making biometric decisions that fall short.— Andrew Martonik (@andrewmartonik) March 5, 2019March 5, 2019
Dan Seifert, writing for The Verge:
Jessica Dolcourt, writing for CNET:
Others, including the Wall Street Journal and Wired didn't report the same issues, but I've also heard from friends who have it that it's not as good as the previous, non-in-screen sensor. Anecdote isn't data, but it's a tougher problem to solve so it stands to reason it'll take a little time and a few generations to solve it. Look at how long it took standard sensors to become good.
The difference is that Apple isn't into experimenting in public. So, Face ID, rather than a worse Touch ID. At least for now.
I'm on record as saying I think touch-based authentication will return to iPhone at some point. Just not now, not even 18-months later, and not in the way we might expect.
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