When Apple introduced Touch ID to the iPhone 5s, subsequent phones released by competing companies all featured fingerprint sensors, however interestingly enough Motorola/Google was not part of that bandwagon. As you can obviously tell with the Nexus 6, the phone does not come with a fingerprint sensor, but apparently it almost did.
Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph, former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside revealed that the handset almost came with a fingerprint sensor. In fact the dimple on the back of the phone where the Motorola logo resides is where the sensor should have been placed. However it seems that Motorola’s supplier was unable to meet their quality standards which is why they had to abandon the feature.
According to Woodside, it seems that Apple was semi-to blame. “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.” This doesn’t come as a surprise as last year we had heard rumors that the Nexus 6 would gain that feature.
In fact towards the end of last year, there was even evidence that the feature had at one point in time existed. In any case we reckon it’s not that big of a loss, but what do you guys think? Would you have liked a fingerprint sensor with the Nexus 6?
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