Google’s Nexus 6 looks like it really did almost get a fingerprint scanner
Back in August, before we even knew that the Nexus 6 would be a Motorola handset, rumors were hotly debating what sort of features we might end up getting. One of these rumors married itself to the idea of an LG-made Nexus 6 based on the G3, and while that obviously didn’t happen, the same source mentioned Google in discussions with component suppliers about possible fingerprinting-scanning hardware. As it turns out, that aspect of the rumor may have actually had some legs to it, and now we’re being made aware of Lollipop code pointing to just such a Nexus 6 fingerprint scanner.
The evidence is right there in the source history, showing how Google removed the fingerprint scanning code for Shamu (the Nexus 6’s codename) right there at the end of August.
Beyond this Shamu-specific stuff, there’s also evidence for work on a broader fingerprint API. That could prove to be a boon for future devices hoping to offer users such an authentication method, and especially the third-party apps that might want to take advantage of them. While this didn’t end up making it into the Lollipop we have now, Google may well be continuing its work behind closed doors, with the intention of bringing baked-in fingerprint support to a future Android version.
Just when that might be is anyone’s guess, but considering Google’s been at this for months already, Android’s next major release might be a safe bet.
Find out what hardware the Nexus 6 DID get in our full review of the phone.