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Fingerprint scanners in Galaxy smartphones work faster with this hack

Involves turning off another feature

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In recent years, manufacturers have started to replace physical fingerprint scanners with an optical solution. Optical fingerprint scanners  allow manufacturers to place them under the display. However, it comes with a downside: these types of scanners are usually slower than their physical counterparts.

Samsung users discovered a way to make their fingerprint scanners work faster though. This hack is as simple as disabling the battery optimization for the fingerprint scanner. Those who have the latest Samsung devices can try this hack by doing these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Search for “Optimize battery usage”.
  3. Select the first thing that appears on the list.
  4. Tap the drop-down menu and select “All”.
  5. Search for “com.samsung.android.biometrics.app.settings”
  6. Disable the battery optimization if enabled.
  7. Reboot.

Users noted that this hack may not work on all devices. According to some users on XDA-Developers, it works on any Note 10 series devices. As for the latest Galaxy S20, users reported having mixed success with the hack. The hack also works on a Tab S6, according to one user.

One reason why the hack works on some Samsung devices may have to do with the aggressive battery optimization. Most Android manufacturers have their own implementation of battery optimization.  Some, however, take it to the extreme by optimizing even the apps critical to a device’s proper functioning. It looks like Samsung even optimized the fingerprint scanners for some devices, resulting in a delay.

Source: Android Authority

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Google to invest US$10 billion in India over 5-7 years

Tech companies are bullish about India

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alAt its annual Google for India event, Google announced it will be investing INR 75,000 crore (US$ 10 billion) within the next five to seven years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the investment will be via multiple channels. This includes direct investments, partnerships, and infrastructure.

“Investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitization,” he said emphasizing on infrastructure.

He added that the recent pandemic has shown the need for technology and the adoption of new digital tools. Google will focus on improving internet access and offer more information in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.

Secondly, it will focus on building new products and services that will empower India’s businesses. Leveraging AI in the fields of health, education, and agriculture is a priority.

Google added that its Internet Saathi has already helped more than 30 million women across India. It’s an initiative that strives to spread internet awareness.

The tech giant has also increased its focus on India in the last few years since the market is hugely untapped. One of its most successful launches has been Google Pay. It leverages the country’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to transfer money instantaneously to friends, businesses, and even online services.

Pichai lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India stating that India has made huge progress.

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iQOO promises gaming phone with 120W fast charging this August

Charges from empty in just 15 minutes

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Image source: iQOO / Weibo

Earlier today, OPPO teased an upcoming 125W fast charging technology this Wednesday. The teaser is the highest charging capability we’ve heard so far. Though definitely a marvel, it certainly aims to upend vivo’s own punches in the battery war.

Coinciding with OPPO’s new teaser, vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO held a press conference in China for the 120W battery technology that it’s been sitting on for quite a while now. Officially named the Super FlashCharge 120W, the upcoming tech can fill a 4000mAh battery in just 15 minutes, much like vivo’s fast charging presentation last year.

In the 15 minutes it took to charge the phone, the press conference detailed how the new technology could accomplish such a feat. Apparently, the battery is designed differently, allowing the device to charge quickly without overheating the phone.

More surprisingly, iQOO has also declared the technology ready for public release already. According to the press conference, the company will release a gaming smartphone built with the technology in August.

Since its inception, iQOO has always touted revolutionary technologies sold at an attractive price, as told by its first-ever flagship. Its most recent flagship, iQOO 3, boasted 55W fast charging and the quirkiest stress test. For sure, whatever iQOO comes up with in August will mimic this prestigious tradition.

SEE ALSO: Vivo now has its own smartphone sub-brand named iQOO

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OPPO teases 125W fast charging, the fastest to date

Going up against vivo’s iQOO

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Image source: OPPO / Weibo

Don’t you just hate it when you forget to charge your phone overnight? Thanks to new battery technologies, charging might soon become a thing of the past. Most recently, the upcoming Snapdragon 875 chipset will supposedly support 100W fast charging, a huge improvement over current standards.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that an impressive charging standard has made its debut. Last year, Xiaomi and vivo previewed an upcoming prototype for 100W and 120W fast charging technologies, respectively. However, the prototypes debuted with no definite launch date.

Today, OPPO’s own fast-charging technology has made another appearance. Posted on its official Weibo account, OPPO teased a new all-time high: 125W fast charging. Though it’s only 5W higher than vivo’s past prototype, 125W isn’t something to scoff at. vivo’s 120W charging demonstration filled an empty 4000mAh battery in just 13 minutes. OPPO’s 125W technology will likely push this even further.

Besides the teaser, OPPO also posted a definitive date: July 15. The company will likely reveal more details in a few days. Hopefully, the impending presentation will also reveal when the technology will finally make its way to a public release.

Apparently, OPPO saw it fit to launch a huge salvo in the battery wars today. vivo’s gaming sub-brand, iQOO, held a revelatory press conference for the 120W fast charging. While OPPO is still sitting on its 125W charging tech, iQOO is already gearing up for a release as soon as August.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the OPPO Find X2 Pro Automobili Lamborghini Edition

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