Google says its enhanced security algorithms can slow down the fingerprint scanner on...

Humza

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Bottom line: Google made the jump to in-display fingerprint scanners with the Pixel 6/6 Pro, but it seems the decision is not sitting all that well with fans. In what is otherwise a fluid Android experience, the slow, unreliable fingerprint scanner on Google’s latest phones has irked enough users to warrant an official response from the company. The cause, according to Google, has to do with its enhanced security algorithms.

Update (18 Nov): Google has released a minor software update for the Pixel 6 line that addresses the devices' slow fingerprint sensor. XDA Developers report the 14.56MB update is hitting both global and Verizon-locked Pixels, with the carrier posting the following statement in the changelog:

The current software update improves the performance of your device's fingerprint sensor.

While this surprise update should (hopefully) make device unlocks easier and quicker, those experiencing display flickering issues need to wait till next month for Google's OTA fix.

The original story follows below:

Up until the Pixel 5A, Google used a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner that also supported a couple of useful swipe gestures for bringing down notifications or pulling up quick settings. For the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the company went with a fancier, modern in-display scanner.

While the phones have ended up with a striking, unique design, the in-display optical sensor has been spoiling the experience of Google’s snappy Android UI. Granted that sticking with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor would have been more intuitive, but in terms of responsiveness and speed, in-display optical fingerprint scanners closed the gap quite a while back (speaking as an OP7 Pro user).

The issue has kept Pixel 6/6 Pro users wondering if buggy software is to blame, however, Google has now tweeted in a response (via Engadget) that its ‘enhanced security algorithms’ are causing the hassle. These protections are not only leading to longer verification times in some cases, but also require the user to place their finger more accurately on the sensor, which can further increase frustration.

There’s no word yet on whether Google will release a software update that can tone down the security aspect of its algorithms in favor of user convenience. It is, however, pushing an update next month to fix display flickering issues on the Pixel 6/6 Pro.

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QuantumPhysics

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I remember when the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 6s was soooo fast that it would open almost INSTANTLY and blow past notifications and everything else. Then they purposefully crippled it to make it slower so you could read notifications. Then they removed it entirely and gave us only FaceID. And then the Covid hit and made everyone yearn for TouchID...and then they made it so having the watch auto unlocked the phone.

I have no idea why FACEID and TOUCHID can't be standard on all phones.
 

Xex360

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I remember when the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 6s was soooo fast that it would open almost INSTANTLY and blow past notifications and everything else. Then they purposefully crippled it to make it slower so you could read notifications. Then they removed it entirely and gave us only FaceID. And then the Covid hit and made everyone yearn for TouchID...and then they made it so having the watch auto unlocked the phone.

I have no idea why FACEID and TOUCHID can't be standard on all phones.
Samsung had the perfect solution, finger prints plus iris, both worked very well.
 

NumberSix

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I don't find the under screen fingerprint reader on my 6 Pro slower to unlock than any other optical one I have used but it can be picky if your finger isn't smack in the right spot. No where near as fast or as reliable as a capacitive one though, give me one of those any day of the week.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Passcodes and patterns work perfectly well and dont need this "enhanced security" BS excuse. Is goole really trying to say their phone is too slow to read a fingerprint?
 

McMurdeR

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I'm using one right now. It's not a deal breaker for me, but it isn't fast, I can absolutely see why people don't like it.

If there is some kind of performance issue then Google needs to sort it quickly. It also needs camera face unlock. I know people will say it isn't as secure, but it would fine about the house at least..
 

NumberSix

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I'm using one right now. It's not a deal breaker for me, but it isn't fast, I can absolutely see why people don't like it.

If there is some kind of performance issue then Google needs to sort it quickly. It also needs camera face unlock. I know people will say it isn't as secure, but it would fine about the house at least..
If you only want to use it at home why not use Trusted Places in Smart Lock?