Technology news Google’s Latest Pixel 6 Update Promises to Fix Your Slow Fingerprint Reader

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The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones are excellent, but they have their flaws. The fingerprint readers were slow and fussy. Google acknowledged this problem. A new update may fix the problem.

The good news is that “correcting” slow fingerprint readers with an update suggests that the problem isn’t hardware. This is not surprising as many people complained about slow fingerprint readers. However, others didn’t notice any difference between the Pixel 6 (which uses an in-display optical reader) and the OnePlus 9.

However, it wasn’t for everyone and that’s a problem. Google offered a few solutions and workarounds (as did Review Geek) and depending on where you bought your Pixel, that still might be worth investigating. On personal units, we noticed that the T-Mobile screen protector installed on retail units can interfere with the fingerprint reader. Google pointed out this in its solution, noting that “certified” protectors are required to protect your device’s functionality.

But as XDA-Developers first noted, Google seems to have also turned to a software solution to improve the situation. Although the company has already released an update in October that included security patches, the company is now releasing an abrupt November update.

It’s a small update at just 14. 56 MB, and Google didn’t directly state what it does for the Pixel phones. Thankfully, Verizon issued its own patch notes to match which state:

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

This doesn’t tell you how Google attempted to solve the problem or whether it plans on improving the sensor. It’s better than nothing. It appears to be a staged rollout. We haven’t yet seen the update to see if it has any impact on fingerprint unlocking.

However, you can verify that your phone has received the update by going to Settings > System > Update.

via XDA-Developers, How To Geek
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