Leak shows how a Google Nexus 6 with a fingerprint reader would have looked like

Leak shows how a Google Nexus 6 with a fingerprint reader would have looked like
Back in January, Motorola's former CEO, Dennis Woodside, confirmed that Motorola and Google originally planned to equip last year's Google Nexus 6 with a fingerprint reader. If you've been wondering how a fingerprint-sensing Nexus 6 would have looked like, a new leak from China might help with the visual representation.

As the former Motorola CEO previously announced, the Nexus 6 was originally planned to integrate a fingerprint reader on the back of the handset. More to the point, the sensor was supposed to be located within the large circular dimple on the back, where Motorola's logo is placed on the commercial version of the handset.

Allegedly, Motorola and Google decided to launch the Nexus 6 without a fingerprint reader due to the fact that the best fingerprint sensor supplier was bought by Apple. Here are a few photos depicting how a Nexus 6 with a fingerprint sensor would have looked like:


One thing that this leak doesn't show us is the software that would have allowed the user to unlock the handset or authorize online purchases. Remember that Android Lollipop doesn't come with native support for fingerprint readers, meaning that Google would have needed to come up with device-specific software tweaks.

Among the multitude of improvements that Google announced for Android M a couple of months ago at the Google I/O conference, native support for fingerprint scanners was one of the highlights. Since Android M will support fingerprint readers out of the box, there's a very big chance for the two upcoming Nexus handsets to integrate fingerprint readers, but nothing can be confirmed just yet.

source: Weibo via GforGames

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9 Comments

1. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

I have a perfect name if this the next nexus. Nexus 6 2.0

6. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

According to the source, this is not a new Nexus smartphone, just a cancelled prototype of the old Nexus 6 with a fingerprint reader.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6737; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

When a new Nexus does come out. I hope they put Qualcomms ultrasonic finger scanner on board. Put it on the side like Sony's new smartphone has it on the side. The great thing about a ultrasonic scanner is your fingers can be wet or dirty. Current scanners use cameras to scan your finger print, which can be fooled. Ultrasonic scanners cannot be fooled.

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1144; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

There are no fingerprint scanners that exist, including ultrasonic scanners, that cannot be fooled.http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB116666593779656292

2. feeth

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 14, 2014

i actually hoped for this.

3. .KRATOS.

Posts: 440; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Is there any way the finger print scanner could be implimented on the screen like you put ur finger on the screen to unlock, or it should have a dedicated button like what we see on all phones that support a fingerprint.

5. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

At the moment, there is no commercial smartphone or tablet that makes use of such a technology, although Apple was granted a patent for a display that can recognize up to four fingerprints simultaneously: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-seeks-to-patent-a-device-display-with-an-integrated-fingerprint-scanner-inside_id65672

7. j2001m

Posts: 3060; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I think you find that Samsung 1st come up with this idea and then apple patented an I got no idea how we do it patent, but we try and cover all the ways it may be done just in case

4. gaming64 unregistered

It would mean a pretty good addition if that fingerprint scanner was involved in the Nexus 6. Didn't know why they had to go mega floop.

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