Most Galaxy S10 users love their phones, but many have complained about the fingerprint scanner. According to users and reviewers, the ultrasonic in-display sensor can be slow and inaccurate.
Last week, Samsung was also hit by claims that the fingerprint scanner isn’t actually that secure. A researcher was able to bypass it by taking a photo of a fingerprint on a wine glass and making a 3D copy. Granted, this isn’t something a regular hacker could easily do – and as Forbes contributor Davey Winder says, it isn’t a reason to stop using the fingerprint scanner just yet.
But the manufacturer is making an effort to improve its fingerprint scanner after releasing a firmware update to its biometrics module in the Galaxy Store. Specifically for the S10 and S10+, the update comes with very limited notes, but what they do say is that it is urgent – and that the 6.9MB download covers a “biometrics security patch” and “fingerprints”.
There’s no way of manually applying it: the update appears to be rolling out in stages and comes via the pop up screen on your phone via the Galaxy Store app. It’s not clear whether the update addresses the ability to use a 3D fingerprint to unlock the device, but those who have received it are already saying it has made a difference to the speed of the scanner.