The Nexus 6 was originally scheduled to feature a fingerprint sensor where the dimple is located at the back, but the idea was ultimately foiled by Apple. Motorola was working on fingerprint recognition with a company called AuthenTec, with devices from as far back as 2011 featuring the technology. However, Apple acquired AuthenTec in 2012 for $356 million to use the technology in the Touch ID sensor, which meant that Motorola had to look elsewhere. According to former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, other options didn't quite cut it, meaning that the feature was left out from the Nexus 6.
In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside said:
The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren't there yet.
While Woodside went on to add that the feature "wouldn't have made that big a difference," an in-depth look into the Nexus 6 firmware files revealed that support for the sensor was removed at the last minute. Overall, the decision to not use a second-rate sensor was an admirable one from Motorola and Google.
What do you guys think? Would you have liked a fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6?
Source: The Telegraph