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Google To Finally Fix Fingerprint Scanner Issues With Pixel 9

Team Gossip  |   Jul 5, 6:48 AM   |   6 min read

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Highlights

  • Google’s upcoming Pixel 9 lineup will come equipped with a faster, more reliable ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

  • The new fingerprint sensor will replace the under-display fingerprint sensor that Google introduced on the Pixel 6.

  • The new tech will be capable of reading even wet or oily fingerprints.

Google’s upcoming Pixel 9 lineup will come equipped with a faster, more reliable ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. According to a report from Android Authority, the new fingerprint sensor will replace the under-display fingerprint sensor that Google introduced on the Pixel 6 with the new tech that’s capable of reading even wet or oily fingerprints.

 

The switch could also address some of the widespread issues that users have experienced when trying to unlock their Pixel devices, with some users saying that light levels and finger dryness can impact the reliability of the previous optical reader.

 

Also Read: Apple Announces India-Focused Features For iPhones With IOS 18

 

Google To Bring New Fingerprint To Pixel 9 Phones

 

Optical scanners are the oldest method of scanning fingerprints. They flashlight against the user’s finger and then visually detect patterns and ridges on the surface, which means any changes like dirt or blemishes can interfere with the process.

 

In contrast, ultrasonic sensors read fingerprints with more accuracy by bouncing ultrasonic pulses off of them, which also spares users from being blinded if they need to unlock their devices at night. As per the reliable leaker Kamila Wojciechowska, the Pixel 9 will leverage Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Gen 2 (QFS4008), the same model seen on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra.

 

The report also suggests the new ultrasonic fingerprint scanner will be available on all Pixel 9 models except the upcoming Fold 2, which is said to retain its current power button-based fingerprint sensor.

 

Also Read: Google Maps’ New Patent Shows Multi-Car Navigation

 

Google Starts Testing Android 15’s Automatic Theft Detection

 

Google has started testing Android 15’s automatic theft detection features, starting from Brazil. Smartphone theft is one of the biggest concerns in several countries including Brazil where around two phones get stolen per minute. That’s why Google has chosen Brazil as its initial ground for testing the automatic theft detection features it announced at the I/O conference last month.

 

The new feature comes under the umbrella of larger privacy and security improvements Google is planning with Android 15. Besides, there are some other features too like a password-locked vault which Google likes to call “private space.” 

 

The name itself suggests how it works, users can use it to keep their sensitive data safe and secure. However, the theft detection feature for Android that has started testing in Brazil as a part of Android 15 is something different.

 

The anti-theft detection feature has its Google-version name, the company likes to call it “Theft Detection Lock.” Many people must be wondering how this security feature works and how it tackles smartphone thefts. Firstly, the automatic theft detection feature leverages Google’s AI. 

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