Google’s Nexus 6 was all set to have a fingerprint scanner, it has emerged, but Apple’s purchase of sensor company AuthenTec meant the phone’s manufacturer was unable to deliver on its plans.
Speaking with the Telegraph, Motorola’s Chief Executive Dennis Woodside explained that the Nexus 6, which his company made, was meant to feature a biometric tech in the recessed dimple designed to make the phone easier to hold.
“The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier,” he said.
“So the second-best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet.”
Woodside said it wouldn’t have made “a big difference”.
However, with Apple’s Touch ID being such an essential part of the security in its Apple Pay service, perhaps it would have helped Google’s Wallet product in its fight for supremacy in the mobile payments market.
Woodside doesn’t say whether any future version of the Nexus 6 will come with a fingerprint scanner.
But with Samsung’s Galaxy S6 expected to use the same tech, expect to see plenty of fingerprint scanners on most major mobile-maker’s devices in 2015.