Bugs in Google Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor fixed in Android 13 beta: report

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Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6a fingerprint issues are reportedly fixed in the latest Android 13 beta 4.1 update. While Google didn’t list this fix as one of the major updates in the release notes, the improvement in the fingerprint sensor performance of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro was reported by those who installed the latest Android beta. The improvement in fingerprint sensor performance on Pixel 6a was reported by a user on Reddit.

People at Phone Arena installed the Android 13 beta 4.1 update in their Google Pixel 6 Pro and said the latest beta version “made the Pixel 6 Pro fingerprint scanner faster, more accurate and hassle-free.” The issue is believed to have been fixed in the Pixel 6 as well. As mentioned, the [positive] feedback from Pixel 6a’s fingerprint sensor was shared on Reddit by a user who says the sensor’s performance is “100x better in this beta” – referring to the Android 13 beta 4.1. It also appears that the issue with unregistered fingerprints to unlock the handset has also been resolved.

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It should be noted that early buyers of the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro reported several issues with the fingerprint unlocking system. While some complained about slow and unresponsive unlocking experiences, some said they could unlock the phone with an unregistered finger.

It should be noted that the Google Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro are the first Pixel phones to get an under-display fingerprint sensor. Google had launched the phone with an optical in-display fingerprint sensor that is not as advanced as an ultrasonic sensor. Google later said that the “Pixel 6 fingerprint sensor uses improved security algorithms and in some cases these additional protections may take longer to verify or require more direct contact with the sensor.”

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A similar case was found with the recently launched Google Pixel 6a, where reviewers suggested a security bug in the in-display fingerprint scanner that allowed them to unlock their phones after authenticating unregistered fingerprints. In some cases, there were also “Partial Fingerprint Detected” issues.


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