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Nokia fixes the Nokia 9 PureView’s in-display fingerprint sensor by making it worse

The Nokia 9 PureView is the first smartphone to come with a Penta-camera setup and it also features an in-display fingerprint sensor. From the first wave of reviews, the sensor is problematic and Android Authority has even mentioned that “the screen is also home to the worst in-display fingerprint sensor I’ve ever used.”

To address the problem, Nokia has finally pushed a software update to fix it. Unfortunately, it has made it worse.

The software update which comes with the latest April 2019 Android security update was supposed to improve the reliability of the in-display fingerprint sensor. After the update, it was discovered that you can unlock using unregistered fingers and this was verified by PhoneArena.

What’s even more interesting is that the Nokia 9 PureView can also be unlocked with a pack of chewing gum. It’s also claimed that it can also be unlocked with a coin or leather gloves.

From the looks of it, the update has tweaked its fingerprint sensor’s false acceptance rate to a point that anything can unlock it even if it’s not a finger. For those who have updated to the latest version, it is probably advisable to use other security methods for the time being. The Nokia 9 PureView is currently not available for the Malaysian market.

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