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Fingerprint scanner support and more may come with Windows Phone 8.1

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Fingerprint scanner support and more may come with Windows Phone 8.1
Security options are starting to expand, because everyone has finally come to realize that passwords do not offer enough protection and are easily cracked. There are various options in the works, but the technology that is most ready to step in is in fingerprint scanning. There were devices in the past to attempt to implement it, but none were too successful until the iPhone 5s. Now, everyone wants in, and that may include Windows Phone devices.

Ever since the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK was released, people have been digging through the code to find out any clues as to what will be in store with the (seemingly massive) update. We've known about the coming Cortana voice assistant and notification center, but there has been plenty more to discover. The newest discovery is potential support for fingerprint scanners. Under the "Credential required" heading, there is code that points to a choice between entering your password for access or scanning "an enrolled finger on the fingerprint reader". 

If fingerprint readers become widespread on Windows Phone, it could certainly help Microsoft's push to capture some of the enterprise market. The code goes on to imply that there will be more comprehensive Start screen themes available, as well as more advanced messaging options for dual-SIM devices.

Now, all we need is the actual update. 

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posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:52 5

1. networkdood (Posts: 6273; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This will make rodneyej1 very pleased....

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:32 3

5. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


You can count me in! :D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:29 2

8. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol!!... I like this "networkdood" guy....
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He just get's it!...

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:51 3

11. lalalaman (Posts: 364; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


he gets u alright:D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:13 1

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You do too.. You love it. You love it.. Lol.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 01:40

17. lalalaman (Posts: 364; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


=)....Yea...I love it....

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 14:56 5

2. tech2 (Posts: 2145; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


More importantly, can I put a wallpaper with this update ?

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 15:16 3

3. sip1995 (Posts: 844; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


If you mean in the background then...yes.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:33 3

6. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Seems like it, i would very like that option, i would pick a very flat, colorful background. Seems like Windows Phone wil be even sexyer!! :D

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:30

9. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Right? I'm not sure if a picture would look right.. We're just gonna have to try a few things..

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:53 1

12. lalalaman (Posts: 364; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


i just dont want it to luk messy coz tile covers all the area....lets see what they do....

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:15 1

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They already could've put color patterns in 8.0.. What the hell is so hard about that??
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Sometimes I want to grab MS by the neck ad choke it out... Lol!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 17:48

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 1693; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Yes cause I stare at my background all day....I rather have features, but if we must please everyone I guess include it right. Though with how live tiles are what is the point? You already get a background for the lockscreen is what really matters.

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 18:16

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


To each his own....

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 00:51

16. tech2 (Posts: 2145; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Why doesn't MS lets me decide that ?

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 08:31

19. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


They're trying to.. Lol!

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 03:52

18. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


this is one area that is as simple as it can get yet they haven't even implemented it into the OS, is asking for a background too much ? lol, windows 8 already has it

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:15 1

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I am very pleased with this..
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Very pleased!

posted on 18 Feb 2014, 16:33 1

7. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Me too! :D Always nice to have more options/features!!

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