Google Pixel 6a may have a critical security flaw in the fingerprint scanner

Apparently, the Google Pixel 6a has a serious security flaw. Several videos show the device being unlocked by fingerprints that had not been registered to allow access to the cell phone.

Indian YouTubers and the website 91 mobiles conducted several tests and found that unauthorized people can unlock the cell phone by the biometric sensor under the screen.

The failure was recorded in video on YouTuber channel Geekyranjit, by 91mobiles and Beebom, where they claim that anyone can unlock the device.

Google has not commented so far and it is unclear whether the problem is in the software, which could be fixed with an update, or in the phone’s hardware. What is recorded in the videos is that anyone could unlock the Pixel 6a, even if their fingerprint is not registered on the device.

Recently, the handset was launched in India and more countries. It’s Google’s first device to launch in India since the Pixel 4a in 2020 and comes to compete with phones like the OnePlus 10R, Nothing Phone 1, and Realme GT 2 Master Explorer, costing ₹43,999 (~R$2,990).

The Google Pixel 6a was made official in May during the IO22 event and has among its highlights the Tensor chipset, the Titan M2 security processor and a 4,410 mAh battery unit with support for 18W fast charging.

Technical specifications
  • 6.1-inch display with Gorilla Glass 3 and 60 Hz rate
  • Google Tensor Processor
  • Titan M2 security auxiliary processor
  • 6 GB of LPDDR5 RAM memory
  • 128 GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage
  • 8 MP front camera
  • Dual rear camera:
    • 12.2 MP main sensor
    • 12 MP ultra wide-angle sensor
  • Biometric reader under the screen
  • Wi-Fi 6/6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC and USB Type-C 3.1
  • 4,410mAh battery with 18W fast charging support
  • Android 12 as operating system

The Google Pixel 6a is not yet available in Europeian stores. To be notified when it arrives click here.

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