Your Nexus 6's Lack of Fingerprint Sensor is Apple's Fault

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The Nexus 6 is incredibly large and also amazingly good. But as your fingers slide around that monstrous screen, there's one thing that's missing: fingerprint recognition. And that, apparently, is Apple's fault.

In an interview with The Telegraph, former Motorola CEO and current Dropbox leader Dennis Woodside explains that the fingerprint technology that Motorola had been leaning on was robbed away from it by Apple.

In 2011, he says, Moto was pioneering fingerprint recognition by working with a company called Authentec. But then in 2012, it was bought by Apple for $356 million (£237m) to fuel Touch ID for a cool. That left Motorlola with a problem. Referring specifically to the Nexus 6, Woodside explains:

"The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and 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."

It was almost certainly the right idea to leave out fingerprint recognition: it can be maddening in use. But it's interesting to know that Google and Moto got the carpet tugged from under it by Cook & Co. [Telegraph via Engadget]