Samsung sends out patch that improves the performance of an important Galaxy S10 feature

Samsung sends out patch that improves the performance of an important Galaxy S10 feature
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ might have recently noticed an improvement to the in-display fingerprint scanner found on both devices. Reddit posters shared information recently about a 6.9MB update sent out to both models. The update is a biometrics security patch designed to improve the performance of the in-display ultrasonic fingerprint scanner used on the two handsets.

Some of those who installed the update claim that the fingerprint scanner now works "instantly" to unlock their phone. Samsung didn't include a changelog with the update, so we really don't know how the fingerprint scanner has been improved. Those who do notice a difference say that they did not have to re-scan their fingers after the update was installed. However, if you load the update and don't notice a change, you might want to consider rescanning your fingers.

The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ both use an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint reader. This is a more accurate and faster technology than the capacitive readers used on most devices. The ultrasonic technology uses sound to produce a 3D map of a user's fingerprints. As we pointed out last week, the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ can still be tricked into unlocking either phone. The capacitive readers feature circuits that capture unique information about a user's fingerprint. The "more affordable" Samsung Galaxy S10e features a capacitive fingerprint scanner mounted on the right side of the device.
 
Keep in mind that this is not a system update. Instead, it is an update to the fingerprint module in the Galaxy Store. There is no way to trigger it, so it is just a matter of being patient. Eventually, the notification will arrive to let you know that the update is ready to be installed.

Samsung pushes out an update to improve the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+

Samsung pushes out an update to improve the fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh

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20 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I already got rid of my S10+, but my wife's S10+ received this update and I can confirm that it has got so much better, now it's as fast as the fps sensor on my P30 Pro, and the accuracy of it has improved drastically.

2. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1071; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

How would you compare S10+ to P30 pro? Not just camera but everything. I'm switching to Note10/10+ when it comes out later this year.

3. ihatebiasedclickbaits

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

having tried both, I can tell you that the P30 pro is amazing in terms of hardware, but seriously lacking in terms of software experience. It's just not refined. The little things of the S10+ add up for a better experience IMHO. The smoothness, the extra options, the Samsung Store. A better example would be the Health app of Samsung, which I find extremely superior to Google's health app for example. If you have friends who have them, definitely ask to test them both. But guaranteed the S10+ will retain better value for future resale, plus there are way more offers and opportunities to get it cheaper....

4. ihatebiasedclickbaits

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 13, 2019

Forgot to mention, freaking Galaxy Pay... It's absolutely great, and one of the things I miss the most when using my pure stock Essential phone, or Pixel. It allowed me to be cashless with no trouble, and it was always fun seeing people be surprised when they'd tell me their machines weren't compatible with phone payments, and Galaxy Pay would work anyways because of it's magnetic strip replicating ability.

5. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

P30 Pro's advantages are: A much superior camera that gives you more natural colors, sharper details, and that almost never overblows highlights, no matter what conditions I'm taking my picture in, I'm taking the P30 Pro over the S10 nine times out of 10. The only time I would take the S10 is when taking a portrait shot with a bright source of light behind the person. A much better battery life. The S10+ is no slouch either, but I'm getting close to 11 hrs of sot on the Huawei. And then there is the blazing quick charger. Way less accidental touches. Matter of fact, in 3 days, I had zero accidental touches when it was a frequent problem on the S10. And this is an opinion, but I find the build quality is a tad better on the P30. Feels smoother in the hand, and the metal frame sits flush with the back glass, which isn't the case for the S10, and also Samsung are notoriously known for their average oleophobic coating, which is amazing on Huawei phones, that are only second to Apple in this area. The S10+ has a much capable in video recording, the P30 is very good, but the S10 is outstanding. It has better speakers, definitely a better screen, a better UI imo, and better app support. I play two games that aren't widely popular(Domino for ex) and there is a frequent hint of stutter on the P30, but popular apps and games run flawlessly. Both are great devices, but for me who prioritizes photography on smartphones, I was so disappointed with the S10's camera, and that's why I jumped ships. Now, if you can get hold on the snapdragon version of the S10, get that and install the Gcam port with night sight on board, then you'll definitely have the better all around device.

7. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1071; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thanks bro. Appreciate your help.

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1071; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thank you bro. This is really helpful. I'm using OnePlus 6 right now and most probably would move to Note10/10+.

12. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Goog luck with your future purchases, and you're very welcome :)

9. Icent55

Posts: 54; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Nah in camera p30 is only better with Zoom and Night shots, everyother shot, like selfie,landscape,wide angle, video clearly better on d s10 P30 pro charges faster with wired but s10 charges faster with wireless and reverse charging S10 got way better UI, u dint mention Samsung pay, wifi 6 Qhd display, way better speakers.....and battery is comparable @same resolution and brightness So s10 is the clearly better device no comparison

13. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

See, you base you opinion on feelings, while mine is based on experience. The only one you're convincing with your comment are fanboys, while my comment was directed at neutral costumers who has no allegiance to a specific company. And after you calm down a bit, try reading my comment throughly, because I did mention that the S10 has the better screen, speakers, video recording. But no, you can keep telling that to yourself, but it won't make it a fact, the S10 doesn't have the better camera for photography, the better selfie, and no matter how much you try to replicate their usage, you're never getting the same battery endurance in real life.

10. drunkenjay

Posts: 1617; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

blind camera poll says p30 sucks so.

14. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Funny how the same fan base that used to trash PA for their blind camera comparison tests, are now swearing by the results of their last test. Flash news, people are voting based on assumption, they know which picture is most likely coming from which phone, and they vote accordingly. Check the comments section of the article where you can vote and you'll get what I mean.

18. dazed1

Posts: 776; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

What a crapload of BS, Apple and Huawei are actually the ones with worst coating! Get your facts straight.

20. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yeah sure

11. luke22

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

Thank you for all the comparison. I think S10 will be a good option too if I want to change my smartphone.

15. maherk

Posts: 6632; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's a fantastic device, probably the best of 2019. Hopefully its camera shortcomings will be fixed soon, as testing with a half baked gcam port shows that the hardware is capable of producing stunning shots, it's just that their image processing is holding it back. But if last week news are real that Samsung are working on changing the algorithm of their image processing, then no phone will be worth getting over it, including the P30 Pro.

19. sixline

Posts: 10; Member since: May 25, 2015

I don't disagree with you that p30 may be better snapper but my exynos s10's shots are also really good. I think p30pro has advantage only in zoom & low light.

16. Vogue1985

Posts: 313; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I am sooooo annoyed with Samsung right now, I was very happy that my Note 8's got flthe android pie, however after that, I have now phone network, done everything and been have to wait for patch. Looking at the iphone and lg

17. geordie8t1

Posts: 247; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

The fingerprint is not faster, but it is more accurate, and less force is required on the screen to unlock the device, before you had to actually press with a little bit of pressure to engage the FPS, where as now you can just hold your finger on the screen for a split second, it is not as fast as the normal button scanners, but it is a definate improvement then before the update, overall a welcome little update

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