Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017

Vivo on Wednesday at the start of MWC Shanghai 2017 showcased its new Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution, as well as its Digital Signal Processing (DSP) Photography Solution targeted for backlighting and night scene photography, and a Hi-Fi solution with an customised DAC decoding chip. As of now, no Vivo device with the fingerprint scanning tech is in production, but will be showing the tech on prototype devices.

The Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution is based on Qualcomm technology, and the US-based telecommunications giant separately detailed its own display, glass, and metal fingerprint scanning solutions at the tradeshow. Qualcomm will be showcasing its own under display fingerprint scanning technology at MWC Shanghai 2017 using the Vivo Xplay6, as seen in the above image. Like Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensor for Display, Vivo’s solution can scan through 1200-micron thick OLED display stacks.

Vivo claims its under-display fingerprint solution is the first to be “demonstrated by a smartphone manufacturer.” The Chinese company said that since the Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution doesn’t require physical button for the sensor, the solution enables the use of a “true full-screen display and an integrated unibody and mechanical waterproofing design.”

In a statement, the company elaborated to say, “In Vivo’s R&D plan, fingerprint scanning will not be carried out by an independent button or region. It will be realised more subtly under the screen, behind the metal shell, or even in the frame.”

Vivo adds, “based on ultrasonic technology, the fingerprint recognition technology can be further expanded to realize user interaction, such as gesture recognition, security verification and other fields, which will greatly enhance user experience.”

Vivo Under Display Fingerprint Scanning Solution Unveiled at MWC Shanghai 2017
Coming to Vivo’s other announcements from its keynote at the tradeshow, let’s start with the new independent Vivo DSP Photography Solution. The company claims the new tech will greatly “improve backlighting and night scene photography”.

Vivo says the DSP Photography Solution is designed to help users take pictures with “high quality and accurate exposure, and adjust the brightness of the image to make it better correspond to what is actually seen by the human eye.” It adds that the photography processing speed has also seen a boost.

The Vivo DSP Photography Solution allows smartphones to take multiple RAW images quickly, and can also reduce shot noise for night scene photography to a large extent. The DSP will also improve the beautification effects of Vivo’s Face Beauty Mode.

Finally, we come to Vivo’s new Hi-Fi audio solution including new customised DAC decoding chip and headphone amplifier technology. The new solution improves SNR, dynamic range, distortion, and output power, delivering an SNR of 122dB, dynamic range of 120dB, distortion of -111dB, and output power of 2.2VRms. The headphone amplifier utilises new processing technology to improve power efficiency as well as the overall audio experience.

“Major brands have been taking actions to take in an advantageous position in the market these years. From process innovations in smartphone casings to dual lenses for both front and back cameras, and finally design breakthroughs in appearance, the smartphone industry has entered a new round of technological competition.” says Alex Feng, senior vice president of Vivo, “We are set to increase our technology capabilities and bring better products to our consumers. That is how we keep our brand’s competitiveness in the long run.”

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.


Sensex Trades On Lacklustre Note, PSU Banks Under Pressure For Third Day

Sensex and Nifty were trading on a lacklustre note as selling pressure in heavyweights such as Reliance Industries, Infosys, TCS and ITC weighed on the benchmark indices. Meanwhile, PSU banking shares extended their selloff to a third day. Weak global cues also added to the negative sentiment.

Asian shares slumped on Wednesday after Wall Street was knocked hard in the wake of a delay to a U.S. healthcare reform vote, while the euro rallied after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted that the ECB could trim its stimulus this year.

Back home, PSU banking, FMCG and energy shares were witnessing selling pressure while some amount buying was seen in metal, auto and realty shares.

Sensex Trades On Lacklustre Note, PSU Banks Under Pressure For Third Day

From the Nifty basket of shares, 34 were trading higher while 17 were among the losers. Asian Paints was the top Nifty loser, down 2 per cent at Rs. 1,110. Reliance Industries, State Bank of India, ITC, HDFC, Wipro, Bharti Airtel, Infosys, Larsen & toubro and TCS were also aong the losers.

On the other hand, Tech Mahindra, UltraTech Cement, Tata Steel, Vedanta, Maruti Suzuki, ICICI Bank and Yes Bank were among the gainers.

The broader markets recovered from morning lows and the BSE mid-cap and small-cap indices were trading 0.4 and 0.3 per cent higher.

The overall market breadth was marginally positive as 1,230 shares were trading higher while 1,014 were trading lower on the BSE.

As of 11:45 am, the Sensex was down 24 points at 30,934 and Nifty was unchanged at 9,510.

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions

After coming under antitrust fire from Kaspersky in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware, Microsoft has attempted to clear the air by talking about its work on safety and security – namely Windows Defender – and working with third-party antivirus providers. Kaspersky had filed a complaint with the EU claiming Microsoft was using its dominance to promote its own offering, and creating obstacles for everyone else, including disabling their products and not providing enough time to maintain support.

In a lengthy blog post, Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows enterprise and security, stayed away from mentioning Kaspersky directly, while stressing on support and choice. He noted that they provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program to ensure antivirus software are compatible before an upcoming release.

“We’ve worked closely with AV partners to identify changes, provide early builds through the Windows Insider Program and other testing environments, and provide technical guidance through our Microsoft Virus Initiative (MVI) program,” Lefferts said. “This cadence of regular updates, along with the Windows Insider Program, affords our partners and customers much greater transparency and insight into the Windows development process than ever before.”

Microsoft Admits Windows Can Disable Third-Party Antivirus Software Under Certain Conditions

“Also, because AV software can be deeply entwined within the operating system, we doubled down on our efforts to help AV vendors be compatible with the latest updates,” he added. Lefferts noted that about 95 percent of Windows 10 machines had compatible antivirus protection with the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, and so they built a feature for the remaining ones.

“For the small number of applications that still needed updating, we built a feature just for AV apps that would prompt the customer to install a new version of their AV app right after the update completed,” he said. “To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began. We did this work in partnership with the AV partner to specify which versions of their software are compatible and where to direct customers after updating.”

Lefferts also emphasised Microsoft’s belief in “always-on” protection, and said that Windows Defender doesn’t come into action unless the third-party antivirus software is incompatible, out of date, or expired. “If AV software is protecting our customers, Windows Defender Antivirus will stay off,” he noted. “If a customer does allow an antivirus application to expire, Windows Defender Antivirus is automatically turned on so that they are not left unprotected.”

“In the case of paid AV solutions, we worked with our AV partners to build a consistent set of notifications to inform customers if their licence is about to expire and to present options to renew the licence,” Lefferts said. “Only when an AV subscription expires, and the AV application decides to stop providing protection to the customer, will Windows Defender Antivirus begin providing protection.”

Though Microsoft has now laid out its defence in full, it remains to be seen how the European Commission will reflect on the Kaspersky complaint. In the past, the EU has tried to make an example out of American tech giants, as evinced by its tax ruling against Apple in Ireland.


This Is Samsung’s Problem In Embedding The Galaxy Note 8 Fingerprint Scanner Under The Screen

Samsung is reportedly having technical issues with its plan of embedding the fingerprint scanner underneath the display of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8, and an industry insider has finally revealed what exactly the problem is.

The location of the fingerprint scanner at the back of the Galaxy S8 is one of the main criticisms against the smartphone, as its position beside the camera lens made it awkward to reach and opened the risk of fingers causing constant smudges on the lens. Will Samsung repeat the Galaxy S8 design flaw with the Galaxy Note 8?

Embedded Galaxy Note 8 Fingerprint Scanner Causing Brightness Issues

According to an industry insider, Samsung is struggling to figure out how to embed the Galaxy Note 8’s fingerprint scanner under its display due to brightness issues.

A render uploaded by the insider showed the problem that Samsung is facing, with the fingerprint scanner causing brightness imbalance on the Galaxy Note 8 to display that leaves a discernible mark on where the sensor is located.

Samsung is having trouble finding the right balance in brightness for the Galaxy Note 8’s screen when the fingerprint sensors are integrated. It is unclear, however, if the brightness of the fingerprint scanner as it appears on the screen is as pronounced as what is seen in the insider’s renders.

Where Will The Galaxy Note 8 Fingerprint Scanner Be Located?

There is no information on whether Samsung has been able to move past the problem. There have been reports that the company has created working prototypes that feature perfectly balanced displays with in-screen fingerprint scanners, but it is unclear if the design will be what appears on the Galaxy Note 8 or if the company will push back the launch of the feature to next year’s Galaxy S9.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017, which will be held in Berlin starting Sept. 1. The question, however, is whether the smartphone will have its fingerprint scanner embedded under its display or at the back, similar to the Galaxy S8.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Samsung decided not to integrate the fingerprint scanner into the Galaxy Note 8’s screen due to technical limitations such as security. This comes despite the company’s best efforts to find a solution to its problem.

The latest schematic from SlashLeaks, meanwhile, reveals that Samsung has at least shifted the position of the fingerprint scanner at the back of the Galaxy Note 8. Instead of placing the feature beside the camera lens, the schematic shows that the fingerprint scanner will be located below the camera lens. Such a position would make it easier to reach for users and will reduce the chances that users will smudge their camera lens with their fingers.

If Samsung will indeed announce the Galaxy Note 8 at IFA 2017, it is likely already making the final touches on the smartphone. We will know for sure where the smartphone’s fingerprint scanner will be located in a couple of months, as well as if the Galaxy Note 8 will help Samsung bounce back from the failure of the Galaxy Note 7.