The first Android smartphone I used with fingerprint was el . The Koreans were released last year with this technology and the result was disastrous: a slow, inaccurate and had to also make a small gesture slide on the sensor to recognize the fingerprint reader. In all respects he was far behind Apple iPhone. Months later I was with the Huawei Mate 7 and there discovered that things could do very well: fast, easy to use and accurate
Since I tried the phablet Huawei have passed through my hands several phones with fingerprint readers and since then I never want to have an Android smartphone without it. . It may seem to be a fad and of course when buying a mobile there are more factors to consider but for me the reader is already beginning to turn into something that should be there. After using several readers, this has been my experience
2015 was a year of improvement and maturity
never worn PIN or unlock pattern on mobile . I know that is recommended and this prevents people can access our information (more or less) but became an action that I do so every day is to turn the mobile screen into a tedious and slow process. Press a button, write four PIN numbers or draw a pattern also should be slightly complex. I was not convinced
With the advent of Smart Lock to Lollipop convinced me to put a PIN for one simple reason:. Increasingly wearing paired Bluetooth device was not necessary to put the code. It was not the safest but if I steal mobile or lost was strong enough to prevent other people could use it. When I walked away, he blocked automatically.
Before continuing, let a comparative major móviless with fingerprint reader built:
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Huawei Mate S
Sony Xperia Z5
Lenovo Zuk Z1
0, 13 inch ^ 2
0.13 inch ^ 2
0.16 ^ 2
0.10 inch ^ 2
0.12 ^ 2
Unlock without pressing
Block access to apps we select
Compatible with payment systems
(In the future other)
(In the future other)
Support services and applications
Support for system options
In 2014 the fingerprint readers were in an embryonic state and Huawei just dawning. A year later, that scenario has changed and is easy to find many models with this component . Sony, OnePlus, ZTE, Lenovo, LG in the Nexus 5X and renovations that have lived pioneers Samsung and Huawei.
Within a year the technology has improved greatly. Gone is the clumsy fingerprint of Alpha Galaxy S5 and Note 4 . All manufacturers now offer a very high level of quality and with a high level of accuracy. Some more than others but it’s we choose, we can be confident it will work well.
Some people put in front, another in the rear and only Sony dares to place it in the terminal side frame . In my opinion, the best position is the back. First, do not occupy space in front of the smartphone so no lengthens the terminal bigger than it might be so.
Their position is natural, whether we take the phone with one or two hands always have a finger behind. These terminals will be playing record rates instead of thumbs but after a year using smartphones reader I realized that having it on the front is a bit forced at times gesture. It works just as well but that extra comfort is key.
At first glance may suggest that this component is unique to the mobile top end. True, but we are most affordable phones that have it: Zuk Z1 incorporates what (is priced at about 260 euros in some online stores), UMI Hammer S too … I could try these two and work just fine. They could improve in some aspects but the technical part is well resolved.
After testing nine smartphones fingerprint reader (the one who resists me is the Nexus 6P) which I liked so far is that of Matt S. Well placed (rear), very fast and with little extras. One of the most grateful is that vibrate when we do wrong. It may seem silly but having that answer by putting another finger us quickly indicates that whatever we are getting is not correct.
Also eliminates the need to add the touch of a . We fingertip on the reader and when we screen unlocked. First we have to press on the power button or make a double tap. This, together with the speed sensor itself makes the rest are very hard to match the experience.
Finally we have the bonus of being able to make gestures. Ie make a sliding vertically with your finger to make the notification center, take a call by touching the reader or a horizontal swipe to move photos in the Gallery application (only in Huawei, not the rest). Surely we will see more companies coming to do something similar year.
More functions and mid-range phones, the immediate future of fingerprint readers
After a very rapid evolution in question a year and a generous acceptance by manufacturers, is wondering what we will see in 2016. In my opinion, I think smartphones midrange begin to bet on this component and enter it as a differential element. More readers to occur, the price will fall and should not affect this aggressive (in price) phone line. For input you will have to wait
As you grow the number of phones with fingerprint reader They will appear more possible uses: identification system for mobile payments on different platforms, validation and identification to Google Play services we use every day. It is more likely the first since several companies have plans to introduce this possibility in Europe and other markets.
To this we must add the appearance of official support for Google . Until now, manufacturers had to create their own software or use the sensors manufacturers to manage the tracks. With Marshmallow has appeared this feature to manage and provide a facility companies that make phones and tablets. It should serve to encourage the adoption of this component.
No matter what happens, I am clear that my next Android mobile must have fingerprint . I know it’s a commodity, which is not as important as a good battery or camera but security element is something I feel I need. Back to unlock the phone with a PIN or pattern would step back
November 11, 2015
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