Vivo Looks Set to Launch First Smartphone With In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor at MWC Shanghai

Last week, a short leaked video clip showed a Vivo smartphone with an on-screen fingerprint sensor and while the authenticity of that video was still under scrutiny, the company has now launched an official teaser that hints at the feature. As per the launch teaser, the company might be launching its upcoming smartphone with in-screen fingerprint sensor at Mobile World Congress 2017 in Shanghai, scheduled to start on June 28.

The launch teaser, shared by Vivo India on Wednesday, shows that fingerprint sensor logo going in and out of a plane, seemingly indicating that the sensor will be embedded in the display. Moreover, the company has mentioned a tagline that says “Unlock the Future” on the teaser image. While it is possible that the company could be indicating some other security feature related to the fingerprint sensor, our best guess for now would be a display-integrated fingerprint sensor.

Vivo Looks Set to Launch First Smartphone With In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor at MWC ShanghaiIn its tweet, Vivo India said, “We are thrilled to be launching a new solution in just a few days at Shanghai #MWC2017. Let’s unlock the future together!” If Vivo indeed becomes the first company to launch a smartphone with in-screen fingerprint scanner, it will come across as quite an achievement for the company as tech behemoths Apple and Samsung are said to be struggling with the feature’s implementation on their upcoming flagship smartphones.

While Samsung is said to have ditched plans for the feature altogether on Galaxy Note 8, Apple’s iPhone 8 smartphones have been tipped to face delayed shipments as the company is still contemplating the manner in which the sensor should be introduced to its upcoming iPhone 8.

Samsung Gear VR Headset Upgrade Launched for Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge

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In addition to launching the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung slipped in a new version of its Gear VR Headset at MWC 2015. While it has no new name, it sports a host of welcome additions along with support for the aforementioned just announced handsets.

The updated Gear VR Innovator Edition now lets you charge it while in use. This should let you be able to use it longer. It’s 15 percent lighter and sports a larger field of vision as well.

Along with this, it’s easier to use over extended periods of time thanks to modified straps. Slicker ergonomics aside, thanks to the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung claims this newer version of the Gear VR headset will sport better graphics and improved performance.

While the Gear VR is a result of the Korean company’s partnership with Facebook-owned virtual reality pioneer, Oculus VR – whose primary focus is gaming, Samsung believes there’s use for it in terms of general media consumption as well such as videos. This should come as no surprise what with the company launching the Milk VR app earlier in the year to supplement this endeavour.

The virtual reality space is heating up. Aside from Sony with Project Morpheus, Oculus, and Razer, HTC threw its hat into the ring announcing its partnership with Valve for the HTC Vive VR as well. With immense competition, this latest revision to the Gear VR just further cements Samsung’s commitment to virtual reality.

[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]

MWC 2015: Mad Catz Unveils S.U.R.F.R and L.Y.N.X. 3 Controllers

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Not content with unveiling the quirky L.Y.N.X. 9 at CES 2015, Mad Catz announced the S.U.R.F.R, a controller that manages to cram a full QWERTY keyboard, and mouse pointer input along with a smartphone clip for Android device.

Furthermore it includes palm grips for comfort, trigger buttons, and will be available in three colours when it retails in May for $79.99 (roughly Rs. 5,000). There are integrated media controls as well which makes the Mad Catz S.U.R.F.R extend its use beyond gaming, allowing you to surf, text or navigate media.

“Today’s living room is rapidly evolving beyond proprietary cable boxes and gaming consoles. While consumers continue to gravitate towards connected devices as their preferred platform for streaming digital media content, gaming, surfing the web and social media, current controllers just don’t deliver on the experience they desire. The S.U.R.F.R has been designed to get the most out of these different devices we are now accustomed to in our daily lives,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz.

lynx_3_mad_catz.jpgIn addition to this, the company also announced the L.Y.N.X. 3 (pictured above). It’s a smaller version of the Mad Catz L.Y.N.X. 9 shown off at CES 2015 sporting the same fold-out design. It retains the console controller layout and phone holder but forgoes the keyboard and tablet holder of its bigger brother. The L.Y.N.X. 3 will retail for $69.99 (roughly Rs. 4,300) and be available in May.

[source : gadgets.ndtv.com]