The Pixel biometric sensor is the perfect illustration that you can’t please everyone

Jack Wallen addresses the outrage targeted on Google shifting the Pixel fingerprint scanner from the rear of the gadget to the entrance. How dare they!


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Warning: A few of what you are about to learn is alleged with tongue planted firmly in cheek.

The Pixel 6 launch is coming, and the thrill ought to be as palpable as that of a brand new iPhone launch. However, alas, right here in the US, the Apple cellphone is the one smartphone individuals nonetheless fanboy/woman over. That should not be the case, however but … right here we’re. 

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The factor is, the Pixel 6 is thrilling. Not solely is it going to place Android 12 on show precisely accurately seen (which is fairly marvelous), nevertheless it’s precisely what a flagship gadget ought to do. Fortuitously, Google obtained some much-deserved robust love from the discharge of the Pixel 5 and the corporate has realized from its errors. Sure, the Pixel 5 was a very good cellphone, nevertheless it was underpowered and included a digital camera that was a bit too lengthy within the tooth to be thought-about flagship. The sixth iteration of the Pixel will repair the error of Google’s methods. 

The rumored specs embody:

  • Show: 6.4-inch FHD+ 90Hz show
  • Chip: Google “Tensor,” Titan M2
  • Biometrics: Below-display fingerprint sensor
  • Cameras: Commonplace 50MP, Ultrawide 12MP
  • Battery: “All-day” (in keeping with Google)

It is that fingerprint sensor I wish to tackle. Why? As a result of I’ve seen customers of all sorts (in many various on-line boards and feedback) expressing their dissatisfaction over Google’s option to not return to facial recognition. That, in itself, is ironic, given what number of Pixel customers had been so vociferous about how they hated the facial recognition within the Pixel 4. It simply goes to point out you can’t please everybody.

However right here we’re, on the precipice of the Pixel 6 launch, realizing Google caught with the fingerprint sensor, solely this time they’ve gone with an under-screen model. And, if the rumors are true, they are going with an optical sensor (which implies using a digital camera, which implies the sensor can be placement particular).

SEE: Methods to all the time take the right photograph with a Pixel cellphone (TechRepublic) 

And but once more, customers are complaining. 


These complaints clearly state the fingerprint sensor belongs on the again of the gadget. The again! The again is the one logical location for a fingerprint sensor! Ack!

To that, I ask, however why? What makes the again of the cellphone the perfect location for a fingerprint sensor? Certain, I get the way in which that most individuals maintain their units makes including the sensor on the again easy accessibility for that treasured index finger. Shifting the sensor beneath the entrance glass makes that fingerprint faucet a bit awkward. Why? As a result of … thumbs. Who makes use of thumbs?

The factor is the index finger is not the one digit one can use for biometrics. Bear in mind, you could have opposable thumbs. Once more with the thumb? Take into account this: That thumb is within the excellent location to make use of as a way to achieve entry to your gadget. Seize your Pixel, faucet your thumb to the display screen, and voila! You are in. It is simple and, to name up my good good friend logic, you possibly can truly see the place you are putting your thumb on the entrance of the display screen, as a substitute of guessing the place to faucet that index finger blocked by the pesky cellphone. So no extra guesswork as to the place the sensor is.

I’d additionally say this: With the fingerprint sensor on the again of the gadget, I appear to all the time by accident open the Notification Shade. Ultimately, I’ve to disable that function, as a result of it may get irritating whenever you’re attempting to learn one thing and your finger swipes the sensor to tug down the shade. Yeah, that is annoying.

However … however … pace!

OK, OK … I can hear you grumbling about yet one more challenge. Sure, the again of the cellphone fingerprint sensor is quicker than than the in-screen reader. Or so historical past has proven us. Nonetheless, now we have but to truly expertise what the Pixel 6 can ship. This jogs my memory of how customers complained of the pace (or lack thereof) of the facial recognition within the Pixel 4. From my expertise, it was virtually instantaneous. My spouse nonetheless makes use of her Pixel 4, and it continues to right away unlock as quickly as she seems to be at her gadget.

SEE: Methods to allow Excessive Battery Saver on a Pixel (TechRepublic) 

Once more, we’ll file this underneath the “you possibly can’t please everybody” class.

I’ve but to be upset by Pixel biometrics. However then once more, I are inclined to attempt to discover the optimistic in the whole lot. Has it been excellent? No. However what has? Nothing, if reminiscence serves me. The Pixel 4 biometrics labored properly. The Pixel 5 biometrics labored properly. And I’d think about the Pixel 6 biometrics will work equally so. In reality, I am relying on the in-screen fingerprint reader of the Pixel 6 to carry out so properly, it’s going to silence the entire naysayers.

Personally, I do not care the place the fingerprint sensor is (or if Google opted to return to facial recognition). What I care about most is that the gadget performs like a flagship cellphone, brings out the very best of Android 12, has a battery that lasts all day and features a best-in-show digital camera. That is what I need, and that is what I imagine we’ll see from Google. 

To these complaining concerning the change in biometric sensors, I’d say give the Pixel 6 an opportunity. My guess is the efficiency of the cellphone will overshadow any disappointment you could have with the in-screen fingerprint sensor. Apart from, after a day or two of utilization, you may most likely overlook you ever felt the rear of the gadget was the perfect location for the sensor.

Generally change might be for the higher.

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