Prior to the Google Nexus 6 launch in October last year, the gargantuan handset was repeatedly rumoured to have a rear fingerprint scanner, a notion seemingly corroborated by the presence of a mysterious dimple.
Turns out the Google Nexus 6 was indeed supposed to have a rear fingerprint scanner, but Cupertino’s Apple threw a spanner in the works.
Credit for the revelation goes to none other than Dennis Woodside, who now heads Dropbox but formerly oversaw development of the Google Nexus 6 as Motorola’s CEO.
Ultimately, of course, the Google Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner failed to materialise, and instead we’re left with a rear dimple that kinda makes the phone easier to hold.
“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,” Dennis tells The Telegraph.
While some might be disappointed that the Google Nexus 6 can’t match the likes of the Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5, Dennis reckons it “wouldn’t have made that big a difference” anyway. Yeah, you’re probably right, D. The 6in display is realistically what’s encouraging – or discouraging – Google Nexus 6 sales.
A growing number of flagship-level phones are offering fingerprint scanners, including China’s Oppo N3 and the Huawei Ascend Mate 7, both of which are detailed in Best Chinese smartphones 2015.