When you have a Google Pixel 6 or a Pixel 6 Professional then exterior of the numerous bugs – which have principally now been mounted – you may be most aggravated by the fingerprint sensor, which many customers have discovered to be deeply unreliable. However the Google Pixel 6a won’t have this drawback.
That’s as a result of the brand new cellphone has a special fingerprint sensor to the principle Pixel 6 fashions. This was confirmed by Rick Osterloh (the Senior VP for Gadgets and Providers at Google) in dialog with Android Central at Google IO 2022.
Nevertheless, there’s no assure that the Pixel 6a’s new sensor can be any higher. Osterloh didn’t shed any gentle on the explanation for the change, or talk about the efficiency of the brand new sensor.
Nonetheless, we will solely actually consider two possible causes. One is that it’s a response to complaints in regards to the Google Pixel 6’s sensor, suggesting that the Pixel 6a’s will certainly be higher. The opposite is that it’s a cost-cutting measure (seeing because the Google Pixel 6a is a less expensive cellphone) – which could imply it’s even worse.
So we will’t be assured of something proper now. Whether it is higher, that may put Google within the unusual place of providing higher tech on a mid-range mannequin than on its flagships, which could additionally annoy homeowners of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional, so it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how issues pan out.
Evaluation: what’s so unhealthy in regards to the Pixel 6’s fingerprint sensor?
Not everybody hates the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Professional, however lots of people definitely do, with Reddit threads stuffed with complaints about it, and a few customers going as far as to say that it’s barely useful.
In our Pixel 6 Professional evaluation we additionally famous points with it, saying that “on some events we’d need to make a number of stabs with our digit earlier than we have been in a position to unlock the cellphone”.
We didn’t discover it as unusable as some Pixel homeowners, nevertheless it was sufficient of an annoyance to warrant an article on the Pixel 6’s fingerprint frustrations. Since then, Google has labored to enhance the sensor via software program updates, however the complaints proceed, suggesting that the problem is probably going hardware-related.
If that’s the case, it in all probability will take a complete new sensor to repair the issue – maybe the one we’re getting with the Pixel 6a, and which we’ll nearly definitely see with the Google Pixel 7.