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Nexus 6 Almost Featured a Fingerprint Scanner

When the first Nexus 6 details started to leak out way back in July, one report claimed the device would pack a built-in fingerprint sensor to rival Touch ID. We all know that rumor never came to fruition, but a new report fromĀ Ars Technica reveals that it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

It turns out that Google and Motorola were in fact planning to release the Nexus 6 with a built-in fingerprint scanner, but ended up scrapping the feature in late August. The report points to multiple posts in the Android Open Source Project forum, which offer a few details on how the sensor might have worked. One even suggests the device would have used a swiping gesture, similar to Samsung’s recent smartphones.

Ars Technica also points to mentions of a Fingerprint API that was almost included in Android 5.0 Lollipop, though it’s unclear if the software would have been open to third-party developers. Either way, it looks like Google really did have plans to include a fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 6. Hopefully we’ll see similar technology show up in the company’s next flagship phone, though we’re not expecting another Nexus device to hit until late 2015.

Ars Technica

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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