It will now be an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Google may have removed facial recognition on the Pixel 5, but it looks like it will be bringing back facial authentication for the upcoming Pixel 6. This was probably done to make the Pixel 5 more affordable, aside from using midrange components, unlike other premium devices.
Mishaal Raman from XDA Developers has uncovered code that references certain commands and actions. The messages include ‘Unlock your phone securely with your face and fingerprint’ and ‘Save time unlocking your phone in your pocket’. These messages could point to the upcoming Pixel 6 that might feature both facial and fingerprint recognition for biometric security. Raman found the messages while looking around the code for the Android 12 Developer Preview that was released a few days back, and highlighted that Android 12 will also have native support for facial recognition and in-display fingerprint sensors.
So the Settings app is preparing to support devices with both facial auth and fingerprint scanners. Not much else on this, so I wouldn't read too much into it yet. pic.twitter.com/xzPWd5cV2m
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) February 18, 2021
While we can only speculate, it’s great that Google is currently exploring ways on how to improve security on its Pixel devices. If you look at it, having two biometric authentication methods is a welcome feature.
Google is expected to release the new Pixel 6 by the end of the year.