Apple is the reason the Nexus 6 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner


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Since the Nexus 6 was released, it’s been evident that Google’s developer flagship came very close to having a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to ex-Motorola CEO and current Dropbox COO Dennis Woodside, we know why it was eventually axed: The available fingerprint scanners simply weren’t good enough.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Woodside explained that because Apple had purchased the “best supplier” of fingerprint recognition technology, Android makers like Motorola had to deal with “the second best supplier” and that supplier’s technology wasn’t “there yet.” Apple purchased AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million.

Woodside also agrees with many that the Nexus 6 is a little too big for one-handed use. “It is enormous. It’s a bit big for me; I drop it all the time,” Woodside said.


Motorola Atrix had an installed fingerprint scanner based on AuthenTec technology in 2011.

the Atrix 4G new fingerprint scanner parts CrucialTec fingerprint scanners

Authentic ends up looking like a great purchase for [company]Apple[/company], which usually seeks to fully control the technologies it uses. It turns out that the purchase of AuthenTec for $356 million didn’t just lead to Touch ID, and therefore eventually Apple Pay. It was also a setback for competitors, who are still catching up to Apple’s fingerprint scanning technology years later.



“The available fingerprint scanners simply weren’t good enough.”

…but they were good enough for Samsung.

Joe Belkin

No real surprise. Apple plans out the next 10 years of where they are going. Android & Google simply buys an iphone and takes it apart to see what to do next. It’s fine but don’t confuse leadership with following …


That’s what Steve Job did with Sony stuff too back then. Dun say it like Apple didn’t try to see how others tick before they got here.

pope francis

And in the plans for next 10 years they still have no space for phones that can actually store stuff. Mobile updates through Macs, the essence of mobility <3


Utter rubbish! Google, Samsung, Sony and HTC are the companies that have been innovating over the last few years…. There is nothing I the iPhone 6 (nice as it is) that hasn’t been done before….


Reblogged this on Taste of Apple Tech and commented:
Seems like a poor excuse to me. The Motorola Atrix was marketed with a fingerprint scanner – it just was of poor quality. Apple saw the need to improve security and creating a usable and secure experience and they did what they had to in order to create Touch ID. Motorola should have taken the time to do it right. Relying on other companies to get their stuff together is exactly why they were forced to abandon these plans. Same goes for Apple and their reliance on GT Advanced for sapphire displays.

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