Here's why I'm OK with the Galaxy S8's rear fingerprint sensor
The Galaxy S8 has been pretty unanimously well received by staunch loyalists and critics alike; it appears that Samsung did most everything right this time around, both in making its flagship feel like a sizeable upgrade and a natural evolution.
But some shade has been thrown at Samsung over the placement of the fingerprint sensor: because the Infinity Display necessitated the removal of the physical home button from the Galaxy S8, the company had no choice but to put the sensor on the back. This isn't a unique placement — companies from Huawei to LG have made the phone's back a familiar sight for fingerprint sensors — but none are as close to the camera lens as the Galaxy S8's.
After using the phone briefly, there is no reason to panic: I quickly grew used to the new arrangement, and consistently hit the sensor with either my left or right index finger without smudging the lens. But that's not why I'm OK with the placement.
Perhaps anticipating some of the ire, Samsung got out ahead of the criticism by adding of the most useful features of a rear fingerprint sensor: a swipe gesture to pull down, and retract, the notification shade.
It's a setting hidden away in a few menus, and it's turned off by default, but it's there, and that's all that matters. It's also completely changed the way I use the phone, since I now know to position my right index finger in such a way as to be ready to unlock the phone and swipe down on the sensor in one fell swoop. The sensor is also able to unlock the phone without turning on the screen, something that previous Galaxy devices were missing.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.
I don't wireless charge, its a gimmick IMO. Let me know how much you love getting your phone unlocked and your information taken by your crazy Ex with a printed out selfie...
I got lg v10...
Great phone..been with
Lg since the g4
A lot of people don't think it is a sizeable upgrade - consumers and critics alike.
We have reached a stage where phones aren't doing much new apart from adding a new processor, of course the DEX thing is new but still a Samsung version of Contiuum on Windows so hardly groundbreaking.
Like swipe right on fingerprint sensor for back, hold for active apps and double tap for Home.
And what about hiding the software buttons permanently?
So most likely they won't be in the market same as the s7 s7edge folks . Expecially the pixel Nexus people they don't do Samsung but they do like to troll on every Sammy post ....go figure