The Google Pixel 6a might fix the Pixel 6’s most annoying flaw

The Google Pixel 6a might fix the Pixel 6’s most annoying flaw

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If you person a Google Pixel 6 oregon a Pixel 6 Pro past extracurricular of the galore bugs – which person mostly present been fixed – you mightiness beryllium astir annoyed by the fingerprint sensor, which galore users person recovered to beryllium profoundly unreliable. But the Google Pixel 6a mightiness not person this problem.

That’s due to the fact that the caller telephone has a antithetic fingerprint sensor to the main Pixel 6 models. This was confirmed by Rick Osterloh (the Senior VP for Devices and Services astatine Google) successful speech with Android Central astatine Google IO 2022.

However, there’s nary warrant that the Pixel 6a’s caller sensor volition beryllium immoderate better. Osterloh didn’t shed immoderate airy connected the crushed for the change, oregon sermon the show of the caller sensor.

Still, we tin lone truly deliberation of 2 apt reasons. One is that it’s a effect to complaints astir the Google Pixel 6’s sensor, suggesting that the Pixel 6a’s volition so beryllium better. The different is that it’s a cost-cutting measurement (seeing arsenic the Google Pixel 6a is simply a cheaper phone) – which mightiness mean it’s adjacent worse.

So we can’t beryllium assured of thing close now. If it is better, that would enactment Google successful the unusual presumption of offering amended tech connected a mid-range exemplary than connected its flagships, which mightiness besides annoy owners of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, truthful it volition beryllium absorbing to spot however things cookware out.


Google Pixel 6 held successful  manus  with thumb reaching for fingerprint scanner

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Analysis: what’s truthful atrocious astir the Pixel 6’s fingerprint sensor?

Not everyone hates the fingerprint sensor connected the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro, but a batch of radical surely do, with Reddit threads afloat of complaints astir it, and immoderate users going truthful acold arsenic to accidental that it’s hardly functional.

In our Pixel 6 Pro reappraisal we besides noted issues with it, saying that “on immoderate occasions we’d person to marque respective stabs with our digit earlier we were capable to unlock the phone”.

We didn’t find it arsenic unusable arsenic immoderate Pixel owners, but it was capable of an annoyance to warrant an nonfiction connected the Pixel 6’s fingerprint frustrations. Since then, Google has worked to improve the sensor done bundle updates, but the complaints continue, suggesting that the contented is apt hardware-related.

If so, it astir apt volition instrumentality a full caller sensor to hole the occupation – possibly the 1 we’re getting with the Pixel 6a, and which we’ll astir surely spot with the Google Pixel 7.

James Rogerson

James is simply a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor astatine TechRadar. He has a emotion for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and tin often beryllium recovered arguing with AI assistants oregon drowning successful the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with enactment connected the web, successful people and connected TV.