The latest flagship phone by the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, OnePlus 6T saw massive attention from the Indian buyers. OnePlus introduced a lot of new innovative technology in this phone, whether it is the water-drop notch or the in-display fingerprint sensor, all of it was highly praised by the tech enthusiasts and the general public alike. One of the most highlighting techs in the OnePlus 6T is the screen unlock technology, or better known as the in-display fingerprint sensor. Although the feature gained significant popularity and was praised a lot, it also received its fair share of criticism as well. However, now, OnePlus software engineer, Yale Liu published a blog post on the OnePlus official forum asserting claims that the Screen Unlock will actually improve over time.
Screen Unlock Algorithm to Grow Better Overtime
The OnePlus software engineer, Liu described in the blog post how peripheral details and minor details like multiple skin conditions play a major role in deciding how the fingerprint scanner evolves over time. In the blog post, Liu noted, “Every time a user successfully unlocks the phone with their fingerprint, the sensor also records areas of the finger that weren’t registered in the initial fingerprint setup stage. This fingerprint data is then added to the data the phone already holds, making it more complete. So, every time the in-display fingerprint sensor is used, it gathers more data about the user’s fingerprint. This means that over time, the phone will unlock even faster.”
Improved Efficiency of Screen Unlock with New Updates
The blog post further read, “The sensor’s algorithms are also able to figure out when the user’s fingerprint is different than usual – if their finger is wet or if they have a cut on it, etc. In these cases, once the phone is successfully unlocked, the algorithms add this new fingerprint data to the existing data to improve unlock speeds under these conditions in the future.”
For the users of the new OnePlus 6T, which comes with a new in-display optical fingerprint sensor, the blog post makes it pretty clear as to how the screen unlock on the phone is supposed to function. As highlighted in the forum, the phone comes with a built-in algorithm which learns the different parts of your fingerprint over time and improves the user experience of the unlocking. This is in contrast to the other physical fingerprint sensors which deteriorate over time when exposed to dust and micro-particles that tends to lower the efficiency of the sensor. Recently, OnePlus has released an update to better the experience of the Screen Unlock on the OnePlus 6T. According to the blog post on the OnePlus forum, going forward the screen unlock on the OnePlus 6T is only going to improve.
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