Report: Google Pixel 6a Fingerprint Scanner Unlock Even with Unregistered Fingers

Google launched its much-awaited Pixel 6a model as a mid-budget segment smartphone in the market a couple of months ago. Though it’s currently one of the popular Android devices under the $500 price tag to compete with Samsung and other Chinese smartphones, some critics have found the on-screen fingerprint sensor recognition issue. Some reports claim that Google Pixel 6a Fingerprint Scanner Unlocks even with Unregistered Fingers.

A few well-known tech YouTubers like Geeky Ranjit and Beebom found the inconsistency with the Pixel 6a’s fingerprint unlock as well as the non-reliable fingerprint unlock moment while getting a hands-on or a short-term review. Though the Google Pixel 6a model is one of the strong contenders for its performance, battery life, stunning cameras, and overall design factor, somehow, the on-screen fingerprint scanner seems broken or buggy enough.

Report: Google Pixel 6a Fingerprint Scanner Unlock Even with Unregistered Fingers

Well, it’s quite frustrating to see that the Pixel 6a device allows unauthorized or unregistered fingers to put on the screen and easily unlocks it straight away. It’s more irritating to encounter such an issue on such a popular brand like Google Pixel because this type of issue doesn’t even appear on other budget category smartphones. We all know that most of the mid-budget, as well as flagship Android devices, do have in-display fingerprint sensors these days.

But there is one common problem with the faster fingerprint recognition to instantly unlock the screen. Though some models do offer faster screen unlocks quite accurately, some devices do require some tweaks or adding multiple fingerprints to make the unlocking process quicker. Unfortunately, the arising security concern of the Pixel 6a’s in-display fingerprint unlock is forcing users to ask whether the fingerprint unlock is secure and reliable or not.

Recently a user u/BadlyInfected posted two links regarding the Pixel 6a’s fingerprint unlocking issue on the r/Android subreddit forum. It includes a video clip from YouTuber Geekyranjit discussing the unauthorized fingerprint unlocking issue.

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While the second clip from the Beebom YouTube channel where the same kind of bug has been noticed. It also stated that several people can easily unlock the Pixel 6a using an on-screen fingerprint with unregistered fingers.

Now, it becomes one of the hot topics in the Android smartphone industry for a while and it’ll continue making headlines until Google releases a patch update to fix this issue. We’re still not sure whether it’s a software-related issue or a hardware-specific one. Well, Google has recently released the June 2022 security update for Pixel 6a but the changelog doesn’t mention anything about the fingerprint issue fix. So, we’ll hope that a workaround will arrive soon.

But the basic question is arising about reliability and security in terms of the users’ perspective. Though the issue might get fixed in the upcoming weeks, Pixel 6a users will still wonder whether their device is secured or not. It’ll also trouble a lot of users if the same issue starts appearing on the public end. Sometimes it can be considered as a manufacturing fault but it’s good to mention that there is no major report stated yet by the end users.

Meanwhile, a product expert from Google Pixel Support has mentioned that sometimes different fingerprints of an individual can be similar and even the unregistered fingers can unlock the device of an individual (same person). So, that’s a quite weird answer. In some cases, using a local screen protector or dirty fingers, or even different unlocking conditions during everyday usage can be one of the possible reasons behind fingerprint unlocking issues.

So, we’ll keep an eye on it. Some reports are saying that Google isn’t taking it properly yet.

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Google Pixel 6a Device Overview:

The Google Pixel 6a features a 6.1 inches OLED panel with a 60 Hz refresh rate. It is an FHD+ panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and an aspect ratio of 20:9. Under the hood, we get the Google Tensor processor built on a 5nm manufacturing process. It is an octa-core processor with two Cortex-X1 cores clocked at 2.8 GHz, two Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.25GHz, and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.80 GHz. For handling graphics-intensive tasks, we have the Mali-G78 MP20. The smartphone comes with stock Android 12 out of the box.

In optics, we get a dual camera setup at the rear and a single selfie camera at the front. The dual camera setup consists of a 12.2 MP primary sensor paired with an f/1.7 lens and a 12 MP ultrawide sensor paired with an f/2.2 lens. The selfie camera at the front is an 8 MP primary sensor paired with an f/2.0 lens. The front and back camera systems are limited to 1080p video recording.

The smartphone comes in a single storage variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We also do not get a hybrid microSD slot for storage expansion. In terms of communications, we get Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C 3.1. And for sensors, we get an under-display optical fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, and barometer. Powering it all is a 4410 mAh battery that can be topped up quickly using an 18W power adapter. The smartphone has three color options: Chalk, Charcoal, and Sage.

Comments

  1. I am planning to buy a new phone for myself and 6a Pixel is in my priority list. Thanks, Subodh Gupta, for overview of this phone. it really helped.

  2. I appreciate your effort Subodh Gupta for reviewing the Pixel 6a for your viewers, but I am using this for more than 6 months and did not encounter any of the issue you mentioned in this blog.

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