We’re really starting to get some ideas about what ‘Eve’ will end up being, even if the details are coming in a bit slowly.
Namely in the way of a fingerprint scanner being included in this elusive Chromebook.
You can check out the commit here, but there is very clear reference to adding support for the FPC1020. A cursory Google search will show you the exact model and specifications.
Now, I’m not an expert on fingerprint readers, but it is pretty cool to see the actual device we are talking about here. Most of the specs and capabilities are over my head, but it looks like this model has been around for a little while. Honestly, that’s a good thing. Fingerprint scanners have been good for a while, and a Chromebook doesn’t exactly need a cutting edge sensor for this.
Keep the cost down and get the job done. That’s all.
If you recall, a few months ago we discovered a similar interface in another set of commits. Those made it clear that support had been added and was being tested, but it turns out (so far, at least) that the board being tested was meant to stay a reference/testing board.
That board is ‘Gru’, the same board The Samsung Chromebook Pro is built off of.
We don’t have many more details on ‘Eve’ at the moment, but it looks clear that this Chromebook will be a full-featured device, equipped with all the things Chromebooks will become very used to in 2017.
As always, as we find out more, we’ll share.