Google Nexus Stories January 26, 2015

Apple’s purchase of AuthenTec cost the Nexus 6 its fingerprint reader, reveals former Motorola CEO

When Apple bought AuthenTec back in 2012, it did more than grab the best fingerprint technology available for itself – it also stopped Google including a fingerprint sensor in the Nexus 6, revealed former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside. Speaking to the Telegraph, Woodside said that the dimple on the back of the handset was originally intended to be a fingerprint reader.

Indeed, the 6-inch Nexus 6, he can now admit, was stymied by just one of those big players. A dimple on the back that helps users hold the device should, in fact, have been rather more sophisticated. “The secret behind that is that it was supposed to be fingerprint recognition, and Apple bought the best supplier. So the second best supplier was the only one available to everyone else in the industry and they weren’t there yet,” says Woodside.

A fingerprint scanner had been widely rumored prior to the launch of the Android smartphone originally code-named Shamu, and it’s believed one was included in internal prototypes, before it was abandoned. Woodside’s comments provide the explanation, Motorola originally intending to buy or license the sensor from AuthenTec.

Google Nexus Stories January 22, 2014

9to5Toys Last Call: Discounted Samsung/Crucial SSDs 120GB-1TB, home deals from iRobot Roomba/Dyson/Cuisinart, more

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Last Call updates:

Solid State Drives:

  • Samsung 840 EVO Series 1TB $480
  • Crucial M500: 480GB $259, 240GB $114, 120GB $77

Home Deals: Dyson table fan: $100, Cuisinart Coffeemaker: $90, 10-Piece GreenGourmet cookware: $200more

Pad & Quill Little Pocket Book for iPhone 5/5S $60 shipped ($10 off)

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Google Nexus Stories November 6, 2013

iPhone 5s vs Nexus 5 Photo Smackdown: Vote which images are the best

Update: Shocker iPhone won 55% to 45%

We’re doing a little poll over at 9to5Google on the quality of images taken on the new Nexus 5 vs. everyone’s favorite iPhone 5s (Gold obv.).

To check the validity of claims that the Nexus 5 has a poor shooter, we took 10 different pictures with both a Nexus 5 and the reigning champ of smartphone cameras –  the iPhone 5s.  We even split the test over two different Nexus 5s and iPhone 5s devices.  The comparison test is below. We’ll publish the results tomorrow.

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