Reportedly Microsoft is planning to integrate fingerprint readers for the first time in its Windows 10 Mobile platform this summer. Unlocking with your fingerprint is something related to touchscreen displays, and in the addition of Windows 10 operating system we’ve seen facial recognition thanks to using Windows Hello, unlocking Windows phones with just a fingerprint has been missing thus far. Today, Microsoft has revealed at its WinHEC conference that it plans to support fingerprint scanners with the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile.
However, for now it’s not clear how many Windows phone manufacturers will opt for fingerprint scanners, but it is inevitable that the first device to support the new fingerprint unlocks will be HP’s Elite x3 running Windows 10 Mobile on board. Microsoft does notes that some Windows phone OEMs already have experience using fingerprint scanners from FPC and Synaptics, but other scanners might require more work to integrate into the Windows Hello functionality.
It seems likely that Microsoft will use universal driver platform built for x86 desktop, which can be recompiled o work on ARM. This process creation is a bit similar to all SKUs, but there are challenges. With that said, some Windows phone OEMs already using other fingerprint scanners might require more work to put it into the Hello functionality.
Microsoft is currently working and testing Windows 10 Anniversary Update, expected to release it for both desktop and mobile in late July. Hope other makers would use fingerprint scanners on their Windows 10 Mobile-based handsets next.
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