Nexus 6 Lacks Fingerprint Recognition Because of Apple?

According to what former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told in the recent interview, Apple's acquisition of the firm called AuthenTec, which took place in 2012, prevented Google from adding a fingerprint sensor to its Nexus 6. This handset was initially intended to feature an advanced fingerprint sensor on a back panel, right in the place where the Motorola logo now sits. Moreover, first prototypes of the device featured a sensor capable of recognizing owner's fingerprints. However, since Apple purchased AuthenTec and the rights for all its technologies, Google decided to opt out from the sensor.

Here's what Woodside told the reporters from The Telegraph:

A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. "The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier."

While there's no confirmation from reliable sources, some rumors suggest that the next-generation Nexus will at last feature fingerprint recognition. Still, I have no idea if we can believe these rumors or not.

[via 9to5Mac]

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Written by Andrey

Monday, January 26, 2015. 21:16

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