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Nexus 5 with fingerprint scanner revealed in new Google video

by Jacob Kleinman | June 1, 2015June 1, 2015 6:30 am PDT

The latest version of Android includes fingerprint scanning support, and it turns out Google already has a Nexus device equipped to show off the new feature. The company recently revealed a modified version of the Nexus 5 with a biometric reader.

The video, which details how new APIs for fingerprint scanning and mobile payments will work with Android M, offers a clear look at the upgraded Nexus 5. Unfortunately, this isn’t a new device. Instead, Google’s somehow figured out how to enhance the older device, adding an extra module in back next to the camera.

Still, it’s possible the company could unveil something similar later this year. Google and LG are reportedly working on a new Nexus phone with a 5.2-inch display, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the device featured a fingerprint reader as well. The upcoming handset may also include a 2700mAh battery and a Snapdragon 808 processor. A reversible USB C charging port seems likely, too.

For now though, this hacked Nexus 5 may be our best look at Google’s future smartphone. Hopefully the real thing boasts a nicer design than this homemade handset.


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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