Fingerprint reader support hitting Windows 10 Mobile in summer 2016

Fingerprint reader support hitting Windows 10 Mobile in summer 2016
iOS scored native fingerprint support back in 2013, while Android built-in support for fingerprints last year alongside Android Marshmallow. Something's missing, right? Sadly, that'd be the third most popular mobile OS out there, Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile, but there's some light in the tunnel.

We just heard that Microsoft is about to bring native fingerprint scanner support to its Windows Hello security hub later this summer. This became clear during Microsoft's WinHEC conference and it can be therefore speculated that Redmond's next flagship devices will likely sport a fingerprint reader so as to give users new security options and ways to secure their phones and data. 

Interestingly, it's said that Windows 10 Mobile will support both built-in and peripheral fingerprint readers. Modular Lumias incoming? Eh, just a wild speculation on our end...

The first Windows-powered device to support fingerprint reading is said to be the HP Elite x3, which arrived earlier this year. As a reminder, Microsoft's more recent high-end phones—the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as well as the aforementioned HP Elite x3—have iris scanners on board, which allows easy biometric unlocking.

Thoughts?


source: WinHEC via MSPowerUser

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15 Comments

2. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

I don't think Windows Phone has much of a future to be honest

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Duuuuuuh Windows Phone is dead........it is Windows Mobile now......

7. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Well then Windows Mobile is dead

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Why do you folks keep saying Windows smart phones are when millions of them have been bought by happy people in the last few years and When The CEO of Microsoft Mr. Nadella and Terry Myerson Microsoft Devices Vice president have Publicly stated this is not so. NEW Windows smart phones are due out next year . The "Surface Brand" smart phones will probably replace the Lumia brand of Windows smart phones. so you smart phone collectors out there buy a used Nokia made and Microsoft made Lumia smart phone for your collection because I predict the DEATH of the Lumia Line of Windows smart phones although they could bring out the Last Lumia Flagship smart phone with a finger print reader before the summer 2016

15. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Compare those figures to Android devices and iOS devices.

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You are right they sell more Phones but enough Windows smart phones were sold for their continue production and sales and they will get more APPS and The New Windows 10 OS made better

9. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

problem with media and people today they use Android and Ios features as standard if something is not available in those os then its not important. -its easy to crack fingerprint security compare to iris scanner but iphone and Samsung dont have it so Automatically people see fingerprint scanner as supperior tech -i remember when windows phone 8 use to have raw image capabilities since the begining but no one care and they didnt even talk about it but nowadays android has it then everyone is interested windows 10 is an interetesting Os and when core m land on smartphone things will change, I cant wait to own x86 smartphone. now my eyes are on GPD win for the moment untill x86 phone become mainstream. http://i.imgur.com/jEgrOP7.jpg

16. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

WOW! Thank you VERY much for shearing the info about GPD Win, an even bigger step closer to a full x86 Surface Phone with true Continuum support. I'll want Windows 10 mobile UI in that screen size, then Windows 10 Tablet Mode UI in a Surface Pro-like Dock.

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

if microsoft will deliver Lumia 1030/1050, a successor of lumia 1020 then it will be interesting...

5. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Truth be told as long as there a desktop windows 10' there will be a 6in and below device running windows 10. So a phone will always exist. Windows 10 is heading in the right direction even mobile is shaping up on my 950xl give credit instead of disbelief.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3123; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Peter K., your sense of history is extremely off. Windows Mobile 6.5 had fingerprint recognition first with the Motorola ES400.

11. TerrellAmerica unregistered

And then BlackBerry 2019

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

"One of the units I was shown, had some biometrics under the hood. If you played one of the puzzles on my channel - you likely saw the Rome with a fingerprint scanner integrated into the space key. Apparently, this was the most logical spot to place the sensor without having to add a distracting sensor elsewhere on the device. With Android M and N, BlackBerry is finally able to integrate the feature into software - despite showing no enthusiasm towards the tech when it came to BlackBerry 10 handsets. Whether or not it sees production units is still unknown, but September is a while away." Looks like there will most likely be a fingerprint scanner in one of the upcoming Android powered BlackBerry handsets this year, not 2019. Nice try, though. That excerpt was taken from here, btw: https://www.blackberrycentral.com/news/article/closer-look-blackberry-rome-hamburg/

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 21779; Member since: May 28, 2014

While some will say it's nice to see W10 for Mobile allowing for fingerprint scanners, I think the iris scanner is much cooler. :)

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Microsoft "Surface" Brand smart phones. I think are going to replace the MS Lumia Brand smart phones in spring 2017. The production of some new Surface smart phones have to have all the latest tech in them to be a Flagship models including finger print readers. so Microsoft has to have the best tech now so the companies that will make the "Surface smart phones for them can put the tech parts inside the "Surface" smart phones

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