Fingerprint sensors on phones keep becoming more and more popular. From the iPhone 6 to the Galaxy S6, it seems like they are here and here to stay. However what if last year’s Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6, had one? Well, obviously it does not, but it was actually supposed to.
Many suggested before the phone launched last year that it would have a fingerprint sensor built into the dimple and they were dead on. According to these leaked images of an early Nexus 6 prototype, the fingerprint sensor was indeed built into the dimple which at that point was actually the same style as the 2014 Moto X. While the rumors that the phone would pack the sensor didn’t come true, it’s clear from these images that Motorola was indeed looking to include this feature. So the question begs to be answered, why didn’t they?
The answer could be any number of things. It could be that Google didn’t have the software ready yet to use a fingerprint sensor or that the sensor itself wasn’t up to what Motorola and Google wanted. Either way I’m glad to see that Motorola was thinking ahead when they were preparing the Nexus 6, even if things didn’t pan out.
We will undoubtedly see a Nexus smartphone with a fingerprint sensor this fall with the launch of two new Nexus smartphones from LG and Huawei. Until then we’ll stick with the Nexus 6 that did end up getting released, and only think about what could have been.