The former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, revealed in an interview granted to the Telegraph that the Nexus 6 was to include a fingerprint sensor, but the plans were thwarted by Apple indirectly. Woodside said the “hollow” on the back cover of the Nexus 6 was originally to house a fingerprint sensor, but the Motorola provider was not able to deliver a suitable component in time.
“The secret behind the Nexus 6 is that it was supposed to have a fingerprint sensor”, said Woodside about the Motorola logo of Nexus 6. Unfortunately, Apple has become the best provider. Thus, the second best supplier was the only one available for the entire mobile industry, and it was not ready to meet the high demands. “Although the functionality has obviously never appeared on the smartphone”, Woodside concedes that its inclusion “would not have made a big difference”.
Woodside left Motorola to Dropbox after the company was acquired by Lenovo, and specifies that the uncontrollable “market forces” were that the inclusion of fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 was impossible.
A fingerprint sensor has been repeatedly mentioned among the various rumors that preceded the launch of Nexus 6, and when the unit was raised under the code name Shamu. Although there is no mention in this new interview, the choice whether to include the sensor may have been responsible for the slight delay in the initial launch of the smartphone, and its output internationally – especially if plans were changed at the last minute.
Google clearly intended to introduce this sensor on the Nexus 6, despite the fact that according to Woodside would not have been a major element. This suggests that we will see a Nexus smartphone with such a feature in the future. The fingerprint sensor in the iPhone and the iPad is a key component of the payment system of the Cupertino giant, Apple Pay.