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Google Pixel 9 could get this major security upgrade with new security tech: All the details

Google Pixel 9 could get this major security upgrade with new security tech: All the details

Google is set to unveil the Pixel 9 series next month. New details about Google’s upcoming flagship phone suggest that the new Pixel series is finally getting a much-needed upgrade. According to a report from Android Authority, Google is planning to use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in its upcoming devices.

The fingerprint scanners on previous Pixel devices were not well received, with multiple users reporting issues with unlocking speed and scanning reliability. While later OTA updates and the next-gen Pixel devices improved the situation somewhat, unlocking remained slow.

The reason behind these issues was the fingerprint scanner that Google used in the previous Pixel phones. Initially, the company used optical sensors in its devices, while competitors had switched to ultrasonic sensors. Optical scanners are often slower, less accurate and more sensitive to moisture or dirt.

Now that Google plans to switch from optical sensors to ultrasonic sensors, unlocking should become faster and more reliable. The unit used is the same model as the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Gen 2 (QFS4008), the report added.

The ultrasonic fingerprint scanner is coming to all Pixel 9 series devices, i.e. the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 Pro XL, except the Fold, which has its fingerprint scanner integrated into the power button.

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Google recently confirmed the launch date of the Pixel 9 devices. The flagship devices will debut on August 13. The company usually unveils its new devices in October every year, but this time Google has changed its strategy.

Google is reportedly looking to launch the Pixel 9 series before rival Apple introduces its iPhone 16 lineup in September. The Pixel 9 variant is expected to sport a 6.24-inch display, while the Pixel 9 Pro and Pixel XL are expected to sport 6.24-inch and 6.73-inch displays respectively. Also, all upcoming models will feature AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate and could come with AI capabilities.

Google recently confirmed the launch date of the Pixel 9 devices. The flagship devices will debut on August 13. The company usually unveils its new devices in October every year, but this time Google has changed its strategy.

Google is reportedly looking to launch the Pixel 9 series before rival Apple introduces its iPhone 16 lineup in September. The Pixel 9 variant is expected to sport a 6.24-inch display, while the Pixel 9 Pro and Pixel XL are expected to sport 6.24-inch and 6.73-inch displays respectively. Also, all upcoming models will feature AMOLED displays with a 120Hz refresh rate and could come with AI capabilities.

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    first print: Jul 11, 2024, 12:24 PM IST