Fingerprint scanner support and more may come with Windows Phone 8.1

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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19 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

This will make rodneyej1 very pleased....

5. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

You can count me in! :D

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

11. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

he gets u alright:D

13. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

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

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

6. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 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

9. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

12. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

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

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

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

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

15. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

To each his own....

16. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Why doesn't MS lets me decide that ?

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They're trying to.. Lol!

18. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 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

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I am very pleased with this.. ................ Very pleased!

7. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

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

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