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  1. Anyone can fingerprint unlock a Galaxy S10—just grab a clear phone case Samsung says it is developing a fix for "malfunctioning" fingerprint reader. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Samsung is once again in hot water for a shoddy biometrics implementation. This time the culprit is the Galaxy S10 and its ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader, which apparently can be unlocked by anyone as long as there is a screen protector or some other piece of transparent plastic between a finger and the sensor. British tabloid newspaper The Sun originally reported the news, saying a British woman discovered she could unlock her husband's phone just by adding "a £2.70 screen protector bought on eBay." After reporting the issue to Samsung, the couple says Samsung "admitted it looked like a security breach," and a spokesperson told The Sun, “We’re investigating this internally. We recommend all customers to use Samsung authorised accessories, specifically designed for Samsung products.” Days later when the BBC picked up the story and contacted Samsung again, the company said it is "aware of the case of S10's malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch." It all sounds like an unbelievable story, but now that the word has gotten out, there are already videos on the Internet of the method working. Examples from @Sta_Light_ on Twitter and the meeco.kr forum show 2019 Samsung phones failing to unlock with an untrained fingerprint as they should, but then, when the user places a clear silicone phone case over the top of the sensor, that finger can unlock the phone. The user on Meeco uses a Galaxy S10, as previously reported, but Sta_Light_'s phone is actually a Galaxy Note10, which uses the same fingerprint technology as the Galaxy S10. Samsung has known for some time that screen protectors could interfere with the ultrasonic fingerprint reader. Early S10 screen protectors actually featured a giant hole over the top of the fingerprint reader sensor location, as there was concern that an air gap between the cover and sensor could stop the sensor from working. Eventually, Samsung and the industry huddled up and started producing screen covers that were "compatible" with the sensor, avoiding an air gap by using some kind of glue or gel backing on the screen protector. There is currently a split in under-display fingerprint reader technology in the smartphone market. Most phones use optical in-screen fingerprint readers, which place a CMOS chip under the display and take a 2D picture of your finger. Samsung is pretty much the only vendor that doesn't use an optical reader, instead opting for Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint reader technology. Qualcomm and Samsung touted the ultrasonic sensor as more secure than optical, since it uses sonic waves to take a 3D scan of your finger, supposedly providing more detail than the 2D image of a CMOS sensor. Qualcomm also made the claim that the sensor can "detect blood flow within the finger and actually prevent hackers from spoofing the device with a photo or a mold," though that statement seems to have been proven false with several hacks now. Failed Samsung biometric solutions are not new. Last time, it was 2017's Galaxy S8, which shipped with a Samsung-built facial recognition system that had flaws other vendors had addressed in 2011—you could unlock the phone with a photo of someone. This also isn't the first time someone has broken the S10's fingerprint reader—it was previously defeated with a $450 3D printer. Failing biometrics on a phone are a bigger deal than ever, as they give attackers access not only to your messages, photos, and contacts but, thanks to NFC payment apps, expose your credit cards, too. Listing image by Ron Amadeo Source: Anyone can fingerprint unlock a Galaxy S10—just grab a clear phone case (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  2. Samsung Enables Camera Ring Notification Light on Galaxy S10 Samsung has released a new Good Lock update that brings a highly-anticipated feature to the Galaxy S10, finally enabling the camera ring to double as a notification light. The Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ both come with camera cutouts in the Infinity O display, and Samsung ditched the LED notification light to offer an increased screen estate. And while the LED notification light got the ax, many believed that Samsung would just enable the camera ring to play this role as well, technically inventing a very innovative notification light that’s not only more effective, but also looks and feels more modern. The South Korean firm, however, never confirmed such a plan, which was eventually brought to fruition by third-party app developers who launched their own customization tools to enable the notification light on the camera ring. Meanwhile, it looks like Samsung was silently working on its very own implementation that’s available right now as part of the latest Good Lock update.Enter Good LockThanks to a new feature in the EdgeLighting+ module, users can now enable a new effect called Eclipse which lights up the display cutout for notifications. The original implementation, however, appears to be more or less limited, as Samsung has restricted the use with the phone locked to only a bunch of stock apps and phone calls. In other words, while apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger would issue camera ring notifications when the screen is unlocked, they do not when the phone is locked. Instead, the unlocked state only supports the stock messaging app, phone calls, and a bunch of other Samsung apps. For the time being, this just appears to be a limitation that Samsung would remove in a later update. At the same time, the company might have restricted the use of the notification light to its own apps to prevent battery draining, so it remains to be seen if future Good Lock updates bring any improvements in this regard. Source
  3. Samsung today announced the Galaxy S10 smartphone line-up during a Samsung Galaxy UNPACKED 2019 live event that took place in San Francisco, United States, where the company also unveiled the Galaxy Fold as its next-generation mobile device. Samsung's Galaxy S10 line-up consists of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy S10 5G models, bringing users fresh mobile experiences with premium features. The devices feature the world's first Dynamic AMOLED display, next-generation triple-camera system, and first-ever in-display Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner. "Since its launch ten years ago, the Galaxy S series has stood for premium innovation – offering consumers an incredible experience, and the ability to find the device that’s right for them," said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. "Galaxy S10 builds on that incredible legacy, and delivers breakthrough display, camera, and performance innovations. With four premium devices, each built for a unique consumer in mind, Samsung is leveraging a decade of industry leadership to usher in a new era of smartphone technology." Galaxy S10 5G front Galaxy S10 5G back Galaxy S10 Ceramic front Galaxy S10 Ceramic side Developing story... Source
  4. Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10 THE GALAXY S10 looks set to be Samsung's most interesting smartphone yet, with talk of 5G support, an in-display fingerprint scanner and a ludicrous quad-camera setup. And some rumours speculate that there could be as many as four Galaxy S10 models, including an 'ultra-premium' Plus-branded variant and a cut-price 'budget' version. We've rounded up everything we know about Samsung's incoming Galaxy S10 lineup so far, and will update this article as we hear more. Release date Samsung will reportedly unveil the Galaxy S10 ahead of next year's MWC at a standalone event on 20 February. The phone will be available for preorder from that date, and will then be released on 8 March. Price According to a report at Gizmodo, the so-called 'budget' Galaxy S10 will offer 12GB storage and retail for £699, the regular S10 will offer 128GB or 512GB storage for £799 and £999, respectively, and the S10 Plus will offer 128GB, 512GB and 1TB variants priced at £899, £1,099 and an eye-watering £1,399. Latest news 3/1/19: Samsung's Galaxy S10+ might give the Note 9 a run for its money in terms of screen size, according to a new video shared by Ice Universe. The video shows an alleged S10+, Note 9 and Oppo Find X being squeezed into a case designed for Samsung's incoming flagship. While the Note 9 is significantly too large, the S10+ is expected to offer the same 6.4in screen surrounded by smaller bezels. The Find X fits into the case snuggly, suggesting the dimensions of the S10+ will be similar to those of the 6.2in S9+. The video doesn't tell us much else we don't already know about Samsung's 2019 flagship, bur does appear to confirm that it will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack. 2/1/19: The so-called Galaxy S10 Lite has been shown off in a high-quality render, courtesy of tipster Ice Universe (below). The leak confirms that the handset, which is expected to be the cheapest in the S10 lineup, will sport a near bezel-free display, complete with a small cutout for the front-facing camera, making use of Samsung's 'Infinity-O' display. The image also reveals that the S10 Lite's volume rockers are situated on the left edge of the device and the USB Type-C port sits on the bottom edge, alongside the speaker grille and the 3.5mm audio jack. Source
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