Google Pixel 2 has integrated CrucialTec fingerprint module, sources say
“CrucialTec is preparing to supply its fingerprint solution Biometric TrackPad for Google’s Pixel 2 series,” a source said. “The Korean company has been a major supplier for past Google phones from the Nexus series to the predecessor Pixel 1.”
The company was the first to supply its Biometric TrackPad (BTP) for mobile devices for several of the world’s smartphone developers, including Huawei, Meizu, OPPO, Vivo, Microsoft, Sony, Fujitsu and LG Electronics.
BTP will be installed on the back of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in a circular shape.
Google has been recently focused on boosting the hardware quality of its phones, starting with last month’s acquisition of HTC’s smartphone manufacturing division for about $1.1 billion.
“Since Google is increasing investments in hardware in order to seek a competitive edge over its software rivals Amazon and Facebook, CrucialTec’s being part of the Google supply chain is noticeable,” the source said.
CrucialTec is currently preparing to launch its patented on-display fingerprint authentication solution, Display Fingerprint Solution, amid the industry’s race to release the first smartphone with a touch screen display integrated with a fingerprint sensor.
Meanwhile, a CrucialTec representative declined to comment on the supply contract with Google, stating that the company “can’t confirm any piece of information about our customers.”
A few months ago, CrucialTec chairman and CEO Charles Ahn said that new smartphones will soon be able to authenticate a fingerprint on a display, instead of under it.