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The dimple on the back of the Nexus 6 was going to be a fingerprint scanner – until Apple came along

Motorola's ex-CEO confirms what could have been

That dimple on the rear of the Nexus 6 looks rather nice. Bordering Motorola’s ‘M’, it brings a little design flavour to the mix, and that’s always a good thing.

But it could have been much more.

Motorola’s ex-CEO Dennis Woodsidehas confirmed that the dimple was in fact originally meant to house a fingerprint scanner, presumably allowing users to unlock the device, secure files and possibly even make online payments with a simple swipe of a finger.

The reason for its omission? Apple. 

AuthenTec – the company Motorola wanted to use for the sensor – was bought by Apple in 2012, in preparation for the Touch ID home button that graces new iPhones and iPads today.

The second best fingerprint scanning sensor company was, “not there yet” in terms of technology, according to Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside, so Moto decided to axe it altogether.

Woodside went on to tell The Telegraph that addition of a fingerprint scanner “wouldn’t have made that big a difference” anyway, although some security concious users may beg to differ.

READ MORE: Google Nexus 6 review

[The Telegraph]

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