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“Different” may not mean “better,” we need to see

While many have complained about the performance of the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro over the past six months, there are things that baka be different for the upcoming Pixel 6a. A change does not guarantee that all problems will be solved, but Google has confirmed that the upcoming mid-range phone, which is expected to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, will not use the same in-display sensor used by previous phone. .

The news comes in a report from Android Central, which says it has confirmed the change to Google’s senior VP of devices and services, Rick Osterloh. More specific details were not disclosed.

Source: Google

The Pixel 6a


While the fingerprint unlock issues on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro don’t seem to affect everyone, many have complained about the problems, and our Android Police reviews pointed out launch issues. The best way to describe the performance was “inconsistent,” sometimes the fingerprint sensor didn’t work correctly, paired with seemingly random unlock times. Some device owners say subsequent updates have improved performance, and Google changelogs confirm that the fingerprint sensor has been tweaked to the software over time. But even today, the fingerprint unlocking performance in the last crop of Google phones doesn’t match that of other high-end devices.

At one point, Google said that “enhanced security algorithms“may be responsible for the observed performance. A change in hardware may not necessarily improve things on its own.

Previous excavation has indicated that the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro use a Goodix optical sensor, but previous attempts to confirm that the manufacturer itself have been stoned – that may have been thwarted by agreements or other contracts. Other phones that use the Goodix sensor have had amazing fingerprint unlocking performance (like OnePlus phones), which has made the Pixel 6 series problems even more confusing. It’s not clear whether to use the Pixel 6a of another Goodix sensor (the company makes more than one) or if a different brand or technology will be used. The sensors under the display have more than one type.

Google also has an ongoing issue with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro fingerprint sensors failing to “calibrate” correctly after fixing in some specific cases. A bug report for the issue indicates that the problem is still unresolved, even if the nature of the problem is not consistent.

“Different” hardware doesn’t mean “better,” but it opens the door to improvements in fingerprint unlocking performance on the Pixel 6a, with some big shoes should fill as a follow-up to one of the best products last year. The Pixel 5a is a great phone, and even though the rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor has a shallow lip so it’s hard to find without a case, it’s consistent, fast, and reliable. Hopefully, the same can be said about the Pixel 6a.

Among other Pixel 6a hardware details you can check out, the upcoming phone will feature a custom Tensor chipset like the Pixel 6 series, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage at the $ 450 price tag.

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