Monday, January 26, 2015

Nexus 6 doesn't have a fingerprint sensor because of Apple

If you find odd that the latest Nexus 6 reference smartphone doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, you'll probably like to know that it was intended to have one... but it couldn't because of Apple.

No, this time there's no patent issue to blame but something much simpler. The problem is that Apple is using up all "good" sensors, leaving everyone else fighting to find the second best - and according to Motorola, the second best wasn't good enough for what they intended to have.

The dimple we see on the back of the Nexus 6 was the place where Motorola was hoping to place a fingerprint sensor identical to the one Apple uses (Huawei's Ascend Mate 7 also places a fingerprint sensor in the same place) and some users say it's a better place, allowing you to register your fingerprint while holding your smartphone with a single hand.

But Motorola says that the sensors they could get didn't pass their quality requirements, and the decision was made to launch without one - something that may delay using the fingerprint scanner as a system-wide authentication tool (not that it's preventing other manufacturers from doing so, as Samsung shows).

Guess it's a good opportunity for fingerprint scanner manufacturers to step up and provide the parts Motorola (and other brands) are hoping for.

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