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Google Nexus 6 tipped to feature integrated fingerprint scanner

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The rumoured Google Nexus 6 will be the next high-profile phone to boast an integrated fingerprint scanner, latest reports have suggested.

In a case of where Apple leads others will follow, inbuilt fingerprint sensors have started popping up on flagship Android handsets ever since the Cupertino-based company introduced the TouchID home button incorporating iPhone 5S.

Now, joining the HTC One Max and Samsung Galaxy S5 it has been suggested that Nexus 6 will add its own biometric security measure.">the Nexus 6 will add its own biometric security measure.

Citing an unnamed “trusted insider” Android Geeks has claimed the Nexus 5 follow-on will sport a fingerprint sensor alongside a potential 5.2-inch QHD display.

What’s more, according to a number of recent reports, the Nexus 6 will see Google rekindle its ongoing partnership with LG, with the core Android phone to be heavily based on the as yet unconfirmed LG G3 – a phone which itself has been tipped to add a fingerprint reader.

Although we suggest these claims be taken somewhat lightly given their less than official origins, it does seem that fingerprint sensors are becoming the next must-have buzzword feature of the smartphone race.

At present little else is known on the Nexus 6’s specs sheet. However, if the phone is based on the G3, reports hint we can expect the 2560 x 1440 pixel QHD display to be partnered with a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel primary camera.

Is an inbuilt fingerprint sensor now a must have smartphone feature for you? Let us know via the comments section below.

Next, see what you can expect from the upcoming Nexus 8.

Mark C

May 1, 2014, 9:17 am

More of a must NOT have. I find it very sad when the majority of us are forced into doing something really stupid by people who should know better. Forgive me for re-posting the following from a comment from another article but it is perhaps even more appropriate here. NO informed, responsible journalist should call for or compliment the provision of biometric security for any consumer authentication whatsoever whether for phones, laptops, ATMs, shopping, nightclubs ... if anything they should be calling for it to be outlawed. I'm not just talking about someone having their finger cut off to aid in stealing their Mercedes (has already happened - just search for the news article). Biometrics are simply fundamentally and irredeemably insecure and unsuited to this task. When (not if) my ATM card PIN is stolen I only have a security problem with that one ATM card, and I can change its PIN. When (not if) my fingerprint gets lifted in the future I will have a security problem with every single device and account that uses my fingerprint, because they are all the same. And I cannot change it, so I am compromised forever. I have had a Nexus 5 since launch and it works perfectly for me. This will seriously put me off a Nexus 6 if it is true.

NotOverlyConvinced

May 1, 2014, 12:37 pm

gimic... Google should carry on focusing on providing a basic, good value, decent specs device, and not adding expensive (pointless so anything not free is expensive) features.

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