The Pixel 6a will ship with an all-new fingerprint sensor built in, which could solve months of frustrations owners had with the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
After months of speculation, leaks, and rumours, the Google Pixel 6a has finally been officially revealed at Google I/O 2022 and appears to include an updated fingerprint scanner. Problems with scanners in the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro have left many fans cold with Google’s sensor technology, but the company could turn things around with the 6a.
It’s worth noting that the upgraded fingerprint sensor wasn’t mentioned during the Pixel 6a reveal during the Google I/O keynote earlier this week. Instead, information about the new part was shared with Android Central by Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, Rick Osterloh, on the day of the announcement.
Currently, there isn’t much concrete information about the updated scanner other than that the 6a will have it. While fans are expecting a major sensor upgrade from the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, there’s still nothing to say that the performance of the new part will be any better.
That’s not to say that prospective Pixel 6a buyers should give up the fingerprint scanner, though, because the simple fact that Google is changing the part suggests that it has listened to feedback from its user base and is looking to improve the experience. . The company has been gradually updating and improving the scanners on the 6 and 6 Pro since they launched last year, but the in-display sensors still leave a lot to be desired.
Some have begun to speculate that the new sensor in the 6a will be the one to appear in other upcoming hardware releases from Google. It could be a sign that the company is looking to test the waters of its newer hardware in a device that will have a smaller launch before diving headfirst into the technology in a flagship device.
Despite the general lack of detailed information about the new sensor, it sounds like the announcement could be a good sign for Pixel owners. Either way, we’ll get our answer as soon as the Pixel 6a launches on July 28. After that, fans will be able to see for themselves if the new technology improves anything.