“The Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are both equipped with ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner”
Samsung’s latest flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+ (review) were recently under the radar for issues plaguing the under-display fingerprint scanner. Notably, both these flagships flaunt ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, which is touted to be more accurate and secure. However, some users raised concerns over the module not functioning as it should and Samsung had promised an update to improve the same. The update has now started rolling out in some parts of the world.
The latest biometrics update from Samsung bears the version number V126.96.36.199 and is rolling out in Germany and Poland as of now. There have also been reports of several users receiving the update in Netherlands and UK. The update that weighs 6.9MB in size mentions Biometrics Security Patch in the changelog. Users who have already received the said update claim that the new software has improved the speed of the fingerprint scanner on these flagships. Unfortunately, the new software is server-side release, which means, there’s no way for users to trigger it manually. However, Samsung seems to be rolling out the update gradually and it should hopefully reach Galaxy S10 and S10+ users worldwide in due time.
For the uninitiated, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner used by Samsung is first of its kind and totally different from the optical fingerprint scanner used by most. The module uses an extremely high-frequency ultrasonic sound to recognise the digits of a user. For this, the sensor uses an ultrasonic pulse through a combination of a transmitter and a receiver. This way an accurate 3D map is generated for secure and fast identification. The update has not yet rolled out in India but is likely to arrive soon.