WhatsApp may soon allow users to lock, unlock app via fingerprint sensor

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WhatsApp is reportedly working on a fingerprint authentication feature to protect its users’ chats from being seen by others.

According to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early, the feature is current under development in Beta for Android 2.19.3 version.

“After working to implement Face ID and Touch ID features on iOS (that aren’t available yet for development reasons), WhatsApp has finally started to work on the Authentication feature on Android, using your Fingerprint!” said the report on Tuesday.

The fingerprint authentication feature will be available under the ‘Privacy’ menu. Once you enable the fingerprint feature, your WhatsApp will be completely protected from others to be seen.

“The user will need to authenticate his identity in order to open WhatsApp (from the app icon, from the notification or from external pickers). It will protect the entire app, so it’s not used to lock specific conversations,” the report added.

This feature would be available in future for any Android user (and later for iOS users too) having Android Marshmallow and newer operating systems and a fingerprint sensor.

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Asus ZenFone 5Z Starts Receiving Android 9.0 Pie via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone 5Z Starts Receiving Android 9.0 Pie via FOTA Update

Asus ZenFone 5Z has started receiving Android 9.0 Pie. The new development comes weeks after Asus confirmed that the ZenFone 5Z would receive the Android Pie update by the end of January 2019. However, the latest version is now rolling out in Taiwan. The update is expected to bring the core Android Pie features as well as enhances the camera experience. The ZenFone 5Z originally runs Android 8.0 Oreo with ZenUI 5.0 on top. Also, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, along with up to 8GB of RAM.

As posted on the official ZenTalk forums, the Android 9.0 Pie update for the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) has started rolling out in Taiwan. The update is rolling out as a firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) package in phases. It can be manually downloaded by going to Settings > About > System Update.

The changelog provided on the ZenTalk forums revealed that alongside having some of the core Android Pie features, the latest software update speeds up the camera experience. The new package also comes with software version 90.10.138.157_20181222.

Several ZenFone 5Z users in Taiwan have confirmed the Android Pie rollout in a Telegram channel. Users report that the update carries the November 2018 Android security patch and is 1048MB in size. The update also reportedly comes with a preloaded Dark theme and a new navigation system along with gesture support.

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You can manually download the OTA Zip package and flash your ZenFone 5Z. The OTA package is compatible with the ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL) model based on 80.30.96.221.

As we mentioned, Asus last month announced that ZenFone 5Z would receive Android 9.0 Pie in January 2019. The smartphone was launched in India back in August with Android 8.0 Oreo.

Asus ZenFone 5Z specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Asus ZenFone 5Z features 6.2-inch full-HD+ (1080×2246 pixels) Super IPS+ display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with Adreno 630 GPU and up to 8GB of RAM.

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Nokia 8 Gets Pixel 3’s Night Sight via Ported Google Camera App

Nokia 8 Gets Pixel 3's Night Sight via Ported Google Camera App

The Google Camera app that arrived alongside the new Pixel devices has been lauded for its loaded software features. The app brings EIS, Night Sight, and many other features that really bring high quality photo results. The app has been ported for many smartphones like the OnePlus 6T ₹ 37,999, OnePlus 6 ₹ 35,999, Xiaomi Mi 8, and Poco F1. Now, the Nokia 8 ₹ 24,990 smartphone also gets the ported version of the Google Camera app, and the download link can be found below.

NokiaPowerUser has a list of smartphones that can download the Google Camera APK, and it has recently added Nokia 8 to the list as well. The ported version of Google Camera app can be downloaded by Nokia 8 users running on Android Pie and on Android Oreo as well. The app is 110MB in size, and can be downloaded directly onto the smartphone. The other Nokia phones that can download the Google Camera APK include Nokia 8.1, Nokia 7.1, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 8 Sirocco, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6. You can find all the download links here.

As mentioned, this app brings the Night Sight mode on to the Nokia 8. Google notably announced the new mode alongside unveiling the Pixel 3 ₹ 58,804 models in October, but officially rolled it out to all Pixel users last month. While comparing the camera performance of the Pixel 3 XL ₹ 74,999, iPhone XS ₹ 93,505, and Galaxy Note 9, we found that the Night Sight mode helps in capturing enough light during low-light conditions to deliver bright shots with all the relevant details. It essentially captures up to 15 frames with a reasonably slow shutter to provide an effective exposure of nearly five seconds. This comes in place of keeping the camera shutter open for four to five seconds, which would blur the image.

We recently reported, that the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T also got the ported version of the Google Camera app. Even the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Poco F1 ₹ 19,999 got the ported app, and users can download it on to their devices. Of course, we’d like to inform our readers that ported apps can damage phones, so caution before download is advised.

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