Google debuts cool fingerprint scanner with new Nexus devices

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Finally the wait is over for Android lovers who had been waiting for the unveiling of the new Google Nexus devices with bated breaths. As Google debuted Huawei’s Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X today, it also announced a great hardware feature of these phones – Nexus Imprint.

While fingerprint sensors have been here for some time, they have not always been entirely secure or lag-free. Google’s engineering chief Dave Burke announced at today’s event that Nexus Imprint uses a new sensor that not only makes unlocking the phones more secure, it recognizes your fingerprint in less than 600 milliseconds. The new sensor also has an extremely low false reject rate that means you won’t have to swipe your fingers over and over again to unlock your phone.

The Nexus Imprint is supposed to become more accurate at recognizing your fingerprints over time, which means the likelihood of someone misusing your mobile device, making fraud payments or stealing credit card details becomes extremely low.

Speaking of payments, Google revealed that using Android Pay will be a breezy experience on the new Nexus devices thanks to Nexus Imprint. All you have to do is, tap the sensor at the back of the smartphone twice to unlock it and then tap the payment terminal in the Google Play Store. Voila, your have just purchased yourself a new app, a book or who knows a Chromecast.

Do you think that Nexus Imprint will guard your phone’s privacy and security more efficiently than other flagship phones launched this year such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, the HTC One M9+, the new Galaxy Note 5 and the OnePlus One 2?


About the Author: Chandna Pandey

She has been a New Delhi-based journalist for five years, covering technology, environment and politics. Now, she is contributing to and some other technology-related blogs. She loves to read, travel and listening to country music in her spare time.