Finally, Google Pixel 9 Series Getting Ultrasonic Fingerprint Reader

| Updated on 10 July 2024
Google Pixel 9 Series

This season, the Pixel 9 series from Google is getting an update eagerly awaited by the fans and experts. 

Google phones have always had some issues at their core, from outdated camera sensors to no uniform bezels, slow charging speeds, and more. 

But the good thing about Google is that they listen to the feedback from the users and try to address that in the next iteration of the Pixel series. One of the long-standing problems with Google Pixel devices is the sometimes unreliable under-the-scanner fingerprint reader. 

According to Android Authority, Google has finally decided to upgrade it. This time, Google plans to use an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner in its upcoming Pixel 9 series. 

Before the Pixel 6 series, Google devices used to have rear-mounted fingerprint sensors but they switched to under-display ones from the 6 series. This switch from Google was not appreciated by the general public as the under-display fingerprint scanners were pretty bad. Many users reported issues both with unlock time and the reliability of the scanner. 

Google did improve it with the next two generations and some software updates, but it was never perfect. Fingerprint scanners in Pixel 8 devices remain slow to the competition as they’ve moved to ultrasonic ones. 

Switching to the ultrasonic fingerprint scanner will make Pixel devices faster in scanning. According to the report, Google is going to use Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Gen 2 (QFS4008) fingerprint unit, the same one used in Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra. This should be good news for us as this exact unit in Samsung devices has been excellent. 

An ultrasonic sensor is always going to be better than an optical one. 

A few months back, the live images of a smaller Google Pixel 9 Pro were leaked

This year, Google is ahead of its schedule and expected to release these devices earlier. The company has set its “Made by Google” event on August 13. It will release the Pixel 9 devices about a month earlier than expected.

Alap Naik Desai

Tech Journalist

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