The Google Pixel 6a could be the answer to the Pixel 6’s most vexing problem

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No more fingerprint annoyances

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If you have a Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you might be most frustrated by the fingerprint sensor, which many customers have found to be extremely unreliable. However, the Google Pixel 6a may not have this issue.

This is because the new phone’s fingerprint sensor differs from the standard Pixel 6 variants. In an interview with Android Central at Google IO 2022, Rick Osterloh (Google’s Senior VP for Devices and Services) confirmed this.

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However, the Pixel 6a’s new sensor isn’t guaranteed to be any better. Osterloh did not elaborate on the cause for the modification or the performance of the new sensor.

Still, we can only come up with two plausible explanations. One possibility is that it’s a response to user concerns over the Google Pixel 6’s sensor, implying that the Pixel 6a’s will be superior. The other possibility is that it’s a cost-cutting move (given that the Google Pixel 6a is a less expensive phone), which may imply it’s even worse.

As a result, we can’t be certain of anything right now. If it is, Google will be in the unusual position of delivering greater technology on a mid-range model than on its flagships, which may irritate owners of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, so it will be fascinating to watch how things play out.

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What’s wrong with the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6?

Not everyone dislikes the fingerprint sensor on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but a lot of consumers do, with Reddit threads full of complaints and some users even claiming that it is hardly functioning.

In our Pixel 6 Pro review, we mentioned that “on some occasions, we’d have to make many stabs with our digit before we were able to unlock the phone,” and that “on some occasions, we’d have to make numerous stabs with our digit before we were

Although we didn’t find it as inconvenient as some Pixel users, it was enough of an annoyance to merit a feature on the Pixel 6’s fingerprint issues. Google has sought to enhance the sensor through software upgrades since then, but complaints have persisted, implying that the problem is most likely hardware-related.

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If that’s the case, it’ll almost surely require a new sensor, like the one we’re getting with the Pixel 6a and will almost certainly see with the Google Pixel 7.

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