Pixel 6a to get rid of the Pixel 6’s in-display fingerprint scanner

Pixel 6a to get rid of the Pixel 6’s in-display fingerprint scanner

With some Pixel 6 owners still struggling, the Pixel 6a appears to be using a different in-display fingerprint scanner for biometric security.

Getting rid of the capacitive fingerprint scanner probably would have been less of a hassle if the in-display optical scanner wasn’t so finicky and unreliable for many people. Updates have helped improve overall performance and accuracy, but it’s worth noting that this hasn’t solved issues for every Pixel 6 or 6 Pro owner out there. It will work in most cases, but several finger scans are required before you can effectively unlock your device.

Thankfully, Google’s Rick Osterloh confirmed this Android Central that the Pixel 6a is set to use a different in-display fingerprint scanner than the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. While that sounds great in principle, it’s not yet clear if we’ll see better quality or a more accurate scanner in the Pixel 6a. Instead, it could simply be an alternative that helps keep the $449 smartphone’s cost down.

Pixel 6a fingerprint scanner

That said, we have high hopes for the device, and if the Pixel 6a packs a faster and more accurate scanner than its more expensive counterparts, that could be a big plus. Given that in-display scanner technology can vary from brand to brand, we don’t expect Google to stray too far from an optical reader. Samsung uses ultrasound in its flagship lines, but offers in-display optical fingerprint readers on devices like the Galaxy A-series smartphones.

Android Police previously mentioned that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro currently use a Goodix fingerprint scanner for biometrics. This is the same company that equips OnePlus devices with the same device security technology. It’s not clear if Google will source fingerprint scanners for the Pixel 6a from other manufacturers, or if a different model will be used in the future. Let’s just hope it unlocks every time you try to use it – something that can’t often be said about the flagship Pixel 6 or 6 Pro these days.

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