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Google seems to have learned lessons from the Pixel 6 for its fingerprint sensor

A first test of the Pixel 6 appeared a month before the release of the smartphone shows us the performance of its fingerprint sensor. It is compared here with that of the Pixel 6 Pro and allows us to see if Google has kept its promise.

Comparison of Pixel 6a and Pixel 6 Pro fingerprint sensors // Source: Fazli Halim

Has Google learned from its mistake? Complaints about the speed of the fingerprint reader of the Pixel 6, its flagship smartphone, had put a small thorn in the side of this otherwise quite recommendable smartphone in its price segment.

This error, Google does not intend to repeat it with its next launch, the Pixel 6a, expected on July 28. In any case, this is what we can see in what seems to be (already) the very first test of the smartphone.

A first video test a month before its release

Following the famous complaints, Google would have apparently arranged things on its more affordable model which is now only a month away from its official launch.

This test supposed to illustrate this change comes to us once again from Malaysia, a country where Google definitely seems to have some problems with leaks. The video was posted by YouTuber Fazli Halim. This videographer had been able to get his hands on a copy of the phone and had already posted a first video of getting started.

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The fingerprint sensor being the only authentication method available on these phones at present, it seemed urgent for Google to rectify the situation. The brand had first hinted that the apparent slowness of the sensor was due to advanced security algorithms before trying to fix things via a few updates.

A more responsive sensor than on the Pixel 6

This video shows us that the Pixel 6a fingerprint sensor reacts better this time and is more sensitive than that of the Pixel 6 Pro. It seems to better recognize short presses which normally would not have been sufficient on the Pixel 6 to unlock the smartphone. Nothing dazzling either, but this time, the Pixel 6a still seems more reliable than its predecessor.

Google had in any case officially announced that the sensor of the Pixel 6a would be different from that of the Pixel 6 and that it should be better than before. Information from Rick Osterloh, Google’s VP of Products and Services himself.

However, we will have to wait for the official launch of the smartphone to find out if this comparison really holds up or if the smartphone software, once launched, will no longer show any real difference between the two sensors.


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