Motorola’s Nexus 6 didn’t get a fingerprint sensor because of Apple

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Motorola’s Nexus 6 didn’t get a fingerprint sensor because of Apple

  • 2015-02-13 13:10:46
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News / Mobile phones Motorola’s Nexus 6 didn’t get a fingerprint sensor because of Apple

The Nexus 6 launched at the tail-end of 2014, and while the device is crammed full of high-end specifications, according to the company’s former CEO there’s one feature that was regrettably left out.

And it’s all Apple’s fault. According to Motorola’s former CEO, Dennis Woodside, the Nexus 6 was planned to feature a fingerprint sensor on the back, right where there’s a small dimple in the casing. While it’s now marketed as a place to make it a bit easier for people to hold while they are on the call, it was originally meant to work with a bit more technology behind it:

Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. 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. 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 interview was held with the Telegraph, and it looks like Apple systematically blocked several other manufacturers from accessing AuthenTec’s fingerprint security technology due to the purchase in 2012. As a result, companies like Motorola missed out on the ability to add a fingerprint sensor to their handset — or, at the very least, add one that they felt completely comfortable with.

Of course, the boon for Apple after the purchase is the realization of Touch ID, and another level of security on smartphones (and now tablets) that bear the Apple logo.

[via Telegraph]


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