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In-display fingerprint biometrics featured on new Redmi and Samsung smartphones, maybe Pixel 6

Android 12 Developer Preview suggests multi-modal authentication support

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The new version of Android appears to include native support for in-display fingerprint biometrics, and possibly multi-modal phone unlocking with fingerprints and facial recognition, according to the early report of Android 12’s Developer Preview. HotHardware notes that new features found in Android 12 could foreshadow new capabilities in the Google Pixel 6, widely expected later this year.

The Settings app contains code strings for “multi_biometric_enroll” referencing facial recognition and fingerprint biometrics.

The Redmi K40 smartphone features an in-display fingerprint beneath a display panel which covers nearly the entire front, according to NewsBytes.

A video announcement shows the Redmi K40 has a small punch-hole for the 30MP front-facing camera. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and runs on Android 11.

The new Samsung Galaxy A72 4G, likewise, features biometric authentication through an in-display fingerprint scanner, and a near full-field display with a small cut-out for the 32MP selfie camera, GSMArena writes.

The A72 4G contains a Snapdragon 720G SoC, and also ships with the Android 11 operating system.

There is no word yet on whether any advanced features like the multi-finger biometric enrollment described in a Samsung patent filing last year will be included.

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