Cell phones from Huawei are supposed to become more secure: With a new technology, the Chinese manufacturer wants to make the identification of smartphone owners easier and more effective. This could make unauthorized access to apps impossible. What exactly is Huawei up to?
Huawei: Entire display as a fingerprint scanner
Identifying yourself as the owner of a cell phone with a fingerprint has long been old hat. You briefly place your thumb on a certain point on the screen and the smartphone is unlocked in no time at all. Now Huawei wants to take the next step: The entire display should act as a fingerprint scanner. It basically doesn’t matter where exactly we place our thumbs on the display – but there are other advantages, as Huawei describes in a new patent.
The mobile phone manufacturer not only wants to use the entire display when unlocking the smartphone, but also wants to make opening apps safer. Instead of simply starting the app and then identifying yourself as the owner, opening it should be sufficient for identification. Since a finger is required to tap the app anyway, the second step with the technology described by Huawei can simply be omitted.
In the ideal case, users would not even notice that they had activated the fingerprint scanner, notes Android Authority. The smartphone only denies access if someone else grabs the cell phone and perhaps wants to browse through the picture gallery. Huawei’s future approach differs from previous “App Lock” solutions, for which third-party apps or launchers have to be used.
The technology is not yet used in the new Huawei P40 Pro:
Huawei’s display unlock: no new idea?
Huawei is currently trying to get a corresponding patent through in six different regions, including Europe. However, the idea of the Display Unlock is not completely new, as a look at the Vivo Apex 2019 concept mobile phone shows. With the futuristic smartphone, almost the entire surface of the display can also be used to identify the owner.