Google wanted to include a Touch ID-like fingerprint sensor on the Nexus 6 smartphone, but had to abandon that plan thanks to Apple's timely purchase of AuthenTec. Apple bought the company to use its fingerprint scanning technology in the iPhone 5S and in the process ensured on one else would be able to use it in their smartphones, including Google.
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Apple is a pretty shrewd company. Not only did they get the sensor tech they needed for Touch ID, but they also blocked all of their competitors from using it, too.