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Pixel 6 fingerprint scanner is slow because it uses "enhanced security algorithms", Google claims

Google justifies why some users are experiencing slow unlocking speed on Pixel 6
By Sanuj Bhatia November 9, 2021, 12:51 am
Google Pixel 6 slow in-display fingerprint sensor

Google finally went ahead and introduced its flagship series this year — Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. The smartphone went on sale last month and now has been in customers' hands for well over two weeks. As the Pixel 6 owners are starting to use the smartphone, they're starting to report issues with the smartphone — Pixel 6 has some display issues which Google says it will fix with an update next month. Another issue that people have been reporting ever since the phones came out is the slow fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 series.

Now, Google has finally responded to those Pixel 6 complaints, and even though it doesn't provide any solution for the slow fingerprint sensor, the company has at least admitted that the sensor can sometimes be slow to respond. In a statement to a Pixel 6 owner on Twitter, Google says that the Pixel 6's in-display fingerprint sensor uses "enhanced security algorithms." The company says that "in some instances," the fingerprint sensor the Pixel 6 can “take longer to verify or require more direct contact with the sensor.” Google then redirects to a support page which doesn't offer much help besides guiding the user to clean the area of the in-display fingerprint sensor.


For now, if you're experiencing slow unlocking speed on your Pixel 6, there's nothing much you can do besides setting up a face unlock. Google uses an optical fingerprint sensor in the Pixel 6 Pro, unlike Samsung which uses an "ultrasonic" sensor. Though it might not be an issue with the optical sensor as other smartphones, such as the OnePlus 9, use an optical sensor and have faster unlock speed. It might be an issue with the software or Google might (genuinely) be using greater security algorithms on the Pixel 6 series.

How has your experience been with the fingerprint sensor on Google Pixel 6? Do you think the Pixel 6 series' fingerprint sensor is slow? Let us know in the comments section below!

Via: Engadget


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