The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P feature Android Imprint, the name given to what is the fingerprint reader and software that utilizes it on the latest flagship devices from Google. More interestingly, the maker of the reader hardware itself, Fingerprint Cards AB, was almost acquired by Samsung a couple of years ago for a whopping $650 million.
Today, as we can see, that deal never came to be, and now Fingerprint Card AB’s technology is not only seen in the Nexus phones, but in the OnePlus 2, LG V10, and the upcoming Robin from Nextbit.
If you have yet to experience a fingerprint reader on one of these devices, we can tell you, they are exceptionally good at what they do. The readers detect and read your fingerprint exceptionally fast, thanks to technology built by Precise Biometrics that handles fingerprint recognition and matching algorithms that work beside the sensor.
A few years ago, fingerprint readers on Android phones were an absolute mess. Remember having to swipe on a tiny sensor for it to read properly? Yes, thankfully, those days are far behind us. Now, readers on Android devices are just as good as Apple’s Touch ID, which was the pinnacle for smartphones for a short amount of time.
Imagine if Samsung had purchased Fingerprint Cards AB, instead of opting to go the Synaptics route as we have on the Galaxy S6 and other Galaxy models from this year. We might still be here swiping our fingers to get a reading. Now, this same company is supplying readers for many OEMs, with plenty of more devices featuring it on the way.