Jan 26 AT 9:41 AM Nick Sarafolean 8 Comments

The Nexus 6 would have a fingerprint sensor, but Apple prevented it

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The Nexus 6 was originally set to feature a fingerprint sensor nestled in the dimple on the back of the device. The news comes as the result of an interview with Dennis Woodside, former CEO of Motorola. What was the reason for the decision that left the production model without a fingerprint sensor? Apple. If not for the technology giant, the Nexus 6 would have a fingerprint sensor.

In 2012, Apple purchased Authentec, a supplier of mobile fingerprint recognition scanners. Authentec was considered the best company in the category, and Motorola had previously utilized Authentec technology in the Motorola Atrix 4G. Without Authentec, “the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet.”

As such, Motorola made the decision to leave out the fingerprint sensor altogether. The move, although disappointing to some, was likely the wisest option. Fingerprint sensors that aren’t top-notch lead to an experience that’s more frustrating than helpful. Look at devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One max for confirmation of that. When trying to create a device that offers the best experience, as the Nexus 6 aims for, you can’t include a feature that’s half-baked.

Via: The Verge

Source: The Telegraph

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Bart

    I can’t remember. Is Apple advancing technology or crippling the industry? Its all so confusing. ;-)

    • Brendan

      Its magical!

  • steve

    So this company was bought in 2012? I think the Nexus 5, would have worried more about this than the Nexus 6. Seems like pretty easy technology compared to 4gb phones, running at 2.7ghz, with 128gb storage and a 21 mp camera.

  • John Patrick

    Fucking Apple… More than two years after Moto put a fingerprint sensor on some of their Atrix smartphone (successful or not) Apple is preventing a Moto manufactured phone from having a fingerprint sensor?? Somebody really needs to nuke Apple.

  • CJ

    For all the complaining from some in the press I’ve never had any issues with the fingerprint scanner on my Note 4. It works the 1st time every time.

  • aoel

    Google cant even make an optmised OS let alone a working fingerprint scanner even Samsung failed at this.

  • ellett

    All I can say is thank god! All fingerprint sensors, including Apple’s, are pretty useless.

  • uvtube

    The Huawei Ascend Mate 7has by far the best fingerprint technology ..why didnt Google use that.Works every time, can use numerous fingers and profiles, upside down, side ways, wet fingers , unlock from sleep …bulletproof !