Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017, Qualcomm announced its new generation fingerprint sensors based on ultrasonic fingerprint technology, an upgrade over its Sense ID fingerprint technology. The sensors even unlock devices underwater, and work through displays. This last is especially pertinent in 2017, which both Samsung and Apple expected to release smartphones with fingerprint sensors embedded in their displays. Separately, the company also announced that its automotive platforms will be integrated in the infotainment system used inside upcoming vehicles manufactured by Chinese carmaker Geely.

First talking about the fingerprint scanning and authentication technology, Qualcomm says “The suite of features consists of sensors for Display, Glass and Metal, detection of directional gestures, and underwater fingerprint match and device wake-up.”

Notably, this new generation of technology is the first commercially announced “integrated ultrasonic-based mobile solution” that can detect heart beat and blood flow for improved authentication, as per Qualcomm’s claims.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is capable of scanning through OLED display stacks of up to 1200 microns (micrometres), along with enrolling and matching, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal can scan through up to 800 microns of cover glass and up to 650 microns of aluminium, the company said in its release. Comparatively, the previous generation was able to scan through up to 400 microns for both glass and metal.

“Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with the recently announced Snapdragon 660 and 630 Mobile Platforms, and Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for Display, Glass and Metal are designed to be compatible with future Snapdragon Mobile Platforms and non-Snapdragon platforms,” the company said.
Qualcomm says that in comparison to the previous generation, the new fingerprint solutions offer greater design flexibility to operators and OEMs. The Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors for glass and metal are said to be available to OEMs this month, and will expectedly arrive with commercial devices in the first half of next year. On the other hand, Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display is expected to be available for OEMs in the fourth quarter of this year.

Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017, Including Under Display Offering

The company has said that it will be showcasing the new sensors for display and metal along with Vivo through a modified version of Vivo XPlay 6 smartphone at MWC Shanghai 2017.

Moving on to the second part of the story, Qualcomm has announced that Chinese carmaker Geely will be using the automotive platforms developed by the former for the infotainment systems in its upcoming vehicles. These infotainment systems come with integrated 4G LTE modem and use the Snapdragon 820Am automotive platform. Geely vehicles that will feature Snapdragon automotive platforms are expected to be available from 2020.

Select Geely models also be making use of the Snapdragon 820Am variant of the platform with an integrated X12 LTE modem, supporting up to 600 Mbps downlink and 150 Mbps uplink speeds, the company said in its release. This solution has been designed specifically to provide “exceptional in-car cloud connectivity to support key features, such as over-the-air updates, navigation with real-time updates, news and local information, emergency assistance and diagnostics,” Qualcomm said.


Unicode 10 To Come With 56 Emojis For iPhones Everywhere, Including A T-Rex And The Colbert Emoji

The Unicode Consortium on Tuesday, June 20, released version 10 of the Unicode Standard, adding emoji counterparts of a T-Rex and Stephen Colbert’s signature quizzical look, which sees one eyebrow raised as if to depict a kind of doubtfulness.

Unicode 10 Now Released

The release of Unicode 10 also means that code points required for the new batch of emoji have now been finalized and considered as stable enough for major device manufacturers, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, or Samsung, to include in their software.

What Kind Of Emoji Are Included?

The promised batch of emoji contains 56 in all, which includes a roster of new characters, beasts, zombies, vampires, fairies, and dinosaurs. Also included are emoji for breastfeeding women, a woman in a hijab, and a yoga pose. What else? A broccoli, a merman and mermaid, a grasshopper, a vomiting emoji, a pretzel, a pie, and even a fortune cookie — all these are part of Unicode 10.

While not an emoji, Unicode 10 also brings support for the Bitcoin symbol, which looks like a regular uppercase “B” but with two vertical lines. In addition, Unicode 10 also adds support for “lesser-used languages and unique written requirements worldwide”.

You can view all the new emoji in Emojipedia’s video.

Don’t Get Excited Yet, Though

It’s worth noting, however, that one shouldn’t expect for all these characters to be available right away, since your device will most likely require a software update before Unicode 10 can take into effect, and there’s a good chance that you might wait a while before that happens. Android users would probably have to wait until Google releases the stable version of Android O to use the new set of emoji, while iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users would probably get it once iOS 11 officially launches.

According to the Emojipedia blog, the final emoji list for 2017 was announced in March, with the code points for many of these now finalized, as previously mentioned. The blog explains that vendors have had a few months notice with regard to which emoji are final, and the release of Unicode 10 simply makes sure that vendors can support them in any future software update.

Last summer, The Unicode Consortium made Unicode 9.0 available, containing 72 new emoji including ones for bacon, a person taking a selfie, a clown face, and much more. Majority of those made it into iOS with the iOS 10.12 update, so it stands to reason that iOS 11 will support Unicode 10 once it arrives this fall.

It’s no doubt that the emoji library has been continuously diversifying the objects, events, and individuals it can represent, from animals, to people of color, down to LGBT couples. That’s always a good thing, of course, since using emoji is akin to using a new type of language, and when everyone can understand a given language, the efficiency of communication improves.

Thoughts about the new emoji in Unicode 10? What’s your favorite out of the new batch? As always, you can hit up the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions!

Unicode 10 Launched With 56 New Emojis, Including Bitcoin Symbol

The Unicode Consortium on Tuesday announced the launch of Unicode 10 that brings a bunch of new emojis, a new Bitcoin sign, and a set of Typicon symbols. With the Unicode 10, 56 new emojis have been released along with a major addition of 8,518 characters bringing the total number of characters to 136,690. Originally unveiled in March this year, the new emoji characters are likely to debut with the iOS 11 slated to roll out later this year.

The new Unicode 10 includes a plethora under the hood updates and improvements such as some new scripts that add support for lesser-used languages, integration of core specification and data files under the same date, and some Unicode Line Breaking Algorithm & UAX modifications, in addition to new emojis. The new 56 new emoji figures include some of the highly demanded emojis like Hijab, Zombie, ‘Colbert Emoji’, Scarf among others. A new Bitcoin symbol and Typicon characters are the notable ones in the new update. The entire list of 56 new emojis is available on Unicode’s own emoji chart and Emojipedia.

Unicode 10 Launched With 56 New Emojis, Including Bitcoin Symbol

“The Unicode Standard is the foundation for all modern software and communications around the world, including all modern operating systems, browsers, laptops, and smartphones-plus the Internet and Web (URLs, HTML, XML, CSS, JSON, etc.),” notes Unicode Consortium’s blog post, emphasising on the future availability of Unicode 10 on Internet browsers as well as other supported platforms and devices.

As we said, the Unicode 10’s new emoji set is reportedly expected to roll out with iOS 11 this fall – however, Apple may choose to push it to a smaller update like iOS 11.1 or so, reports 9to5Mac. Having said that, there is no information available as of now for other major platforms like Android and Windows.