EntMnt Xclusive Samsung Galaxy S8's WORST feature is coming to Windows 10

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Samsung Galaxy S8 owners can now use the (deeply frustrating) rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to unlock their PC.
The South Korean technology has updated its Flow apps to support the Windows Hello feature baked into Windows 10.
That means the next-generation smartphone can be used to authenticate Windows 10 machines with the fingerprint scanner.

Unfortunately, Express.co.uk was not best impressed with the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus.

“Unlocking this phone with the fingerprint sensor is teeth-grinding, eye-rolling exercise in anger management,” we wrote in our Galaxy S8 review.

“First of all, the small sensor is not in a natural position for your index finger – forcing you to blindly reach and fumble around the back of the phone to authenticate the login, inevitably covering the camera lens in greasy fingerprints.”

Fortunate then that Galaxy S8 is not the only Samsung smartphone that can be used to unlock a Windows 10 computer.

Samsung has brought the functionality to the Galaxy S6, S7 and their respective Edge counterparts as well.

Alongside the support for fingerprint sensors, Samsung has also enabled the ability to sync phone notifications with your PC.
This was previously only available to those with a Samsung PC – but is now being rolled-out to all Windows 10 devices.

Samsung Galaxy S6, S7 and S8 owners should head to the App Store to download the latest Flow apps.

You’ll also want to make sure your computer is running the latest version of Windows 10 Creators Update to get access to the new features.

The news comes as Samsung accidentally revealed details about an as-yet unannounced update to the Galaxy S8.

Tech tipster Roland Quandt stumbled upon the existence of the much rumoured Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.
He found on the Samsung Knox website a phone bearing the model number G892A.

Released around the same time last year, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active had an almost exactly similar model number - G891A.

He tweeted a link to the Samsung website which mentioned the Galaxy S8 Active and said: “Samsung Galaxy S8 Active SM-G892A mentioned on Samsung's website”.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is believed to drop a number of the Galaxy S8’s signature features, such as the Infinity Design to make it more durable.
According to previous leaks, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active will have a far bulkier design that stops it from shattering.

It’s also rumoured to include a larger 4,000 mAh battery and MIL STD-810G military standard resistance to dust and water.

No official announcement has been made, but it’s around this time of year that Samsung tend too announce their Galaxy Active phones.

In June 2015 and June 2016 Samsung announced the Galaxy S6 Active and Galaxy S7 Active respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active featured the same specs on the inside as the normal Galaxy S7.

But it also features a water and dust-resistant design and a big, long lasting battery.

It didn’t have the Galaxy S7 Edge’s bezel-free edge-to-edge display, but was built to be easier to grip and harder to break.

In the US it only works with AT&T, and was not available for sale in the UK.

It remains to be seen if Samsung will bring the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active to British shores.

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