Saturday, 7 March 2015

What you won't see in the next Moto X: Fingerprint sensor

BARCELONA--Motorola President Rick Osterloh isn't going to hop on the latest trendy feature for smartphones and smartwatches.
Osterloh, speaking at a press event near the Mobile World Congress trade show on Wednesday, said he wasn't a fan of the fingerprint sensors, and felt they weren't consistent enough to use in his products.
The comments come following a show that saw a lot of chatter about improving fingerprint sensing technology, with noise coming from small start-ups to heavy hitters such as Qualcomm. The feature has grown in popularity since Apple added it to the iPhone 5S in 2013, and rival Samsung has included a fingerprint on the front of the phone to help users verify purchases made through its Samsung Pay feature.
It wouldn't be the first time Motorola put a fingerprint sensor in a smartphone. The company's Motorola Atrix, which debuted in 2011, had one mounted to the top of the smartphone, and used early technology developed by Authentec, the biometrics company that was acquired by Apple and which makes the iPhone's TouchID system. But the sensor was buggy, and the feature faded from its line-up.