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How Apple led Motorola to remove the fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 6

Nexus 6, and many other Motorola-made mobile handsets sport a dimple at the back of the phone with the company’s logo sculpted on it. But as former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told the Telegraph, t

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Nexus 6, and many other Motorola-made mobile handsets sport a dimple at the back of the phone with the company’s logo sculpted on it. But as former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside told the Telegraph, that is only a placeholder, as the company had originally intended to place a fingerprint scanner in that spot.

So why didn’t it have a fingerprint scanner then? Blame Apple. The Cupertino-based company acquired AuthenTec, one of the best fingerprint scanner makers which now makes Touch ID for iPhones and iPads. Without it, Motorola and other companies were stuck with the second best fingerprint sensor maker, and according to Woodside, who is now the COO of Dropbox, “they weren’t there yet.”

“The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.

The Nexus 6 smartphone comes with top-notch set of hardware. The handset packs in a 5.96-inch of QHD display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. Other features of the handset include Turbo-Charging, Active Display, and support for wireless charging. How much difference a fingerprint sensor would’ve made to the phone? Not much, says Woodside.

  • Published Date: January 27, 2015 9:21 AM IST


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