• The Fingerprint Sensor Was Removed from the Nexus 6 After Apple Acquired Authentec

    According to former Motorola Mobility CEO, Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s Nexus 6 would have featured a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor if Apple hadn’t acquired the sensor firm Authentec in 2012. Woodside stated that his company had plans to include the feature in the Nexus 6 which was launched late last year but company had to remove the feature before launch since Apple poached “the best supplier” for the technology. He claimed that other suppliers didn’t meet the quality expectations that Motorola had been looking for at the time.

    In an interview with The Telegraph, Woodside said the following:

    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. [The addition of fingerprint recognition] wouldn’t have made that big a difference.
    Woodside now seems to be expressing relief from what he dubs are “uncontrollable market forces” at his new position as the COO of Dropbox. He had the following to say regarding the matter:

    We're not trying to serve ads or sell hardware.
    For those of you who didn’t know, Apple ended up acquiring Authentec in 2012 and introduced the Touch ID technology, which was based off of Authentec’s intellectual property, in the iPhone 5s. The device was what many claim has sparked interest in the fingerprint-sensing technology which the company continues to work to improve upon. With the most recent iPhone lineup, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the company has introduced a more sensitive version of the sensor and is now using it to authenticate purchases made with the company’s new Apple Pay mobile payments service.

    With the pace that Apple acquires companies who have proven to be successful, it isn’t a surprise to see people like Woodside sighing from relief when joining an industry which as of right now doesn’t have to directly compete with Apple.

    Source: The Telegraph
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The Fingerprint Sensor Was Removed from the Nexus 6 After Apple Acquired Authentec started by Akshay Masand View original post
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    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Ha, Apple didn't even bother ordering the parts, they just bought the company! That's what happens when you're smart and have all the money in the world. The TouchID sensor really sets the iPhone apart when it comes to security and the Apple Pay RFID system. I would say that Apple Pay wouldn't have worked without TouchID.
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