Fingerprint scanner gestures might come to the Google Nexus 5X and 6P via a firmware update


While the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will soon be updated to Android 7.1 Nougat, they aren't getting all the features that the brand new Pixel and Pixel XL phones are offering. However, there's one feature that might be made available for the two Nexus handsets after all, despite a previous report to the contrary. We're talking about fingerprint scanner gestures.

According to Android Police, Google says it's "evaluating" the possibility of releasing a firmware update for the Nexus 6P and 5X in order to add support for fingerprint scanner gestures. It turns out that the two Nexus phones have the exact same type of fingerprint sensors found inside the Pixel and Pixel XL, but they currently don't support gestures because they use old firmware. It's a software issue, not a hardware one. So, hopefully, Google's evaluation will lead to a positive conclusion regarding this potential firmware update.

By "fingerprint scanner gestures" we actually mean just one type of gesture: swiping down on the sensor to instantly access your Pixel's notification shade. It's not a major feature, but it's pretty cool, and we do want to see it on last year's Nexus phones.

source: Android Police

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Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)

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2 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Google wants to be a hardware company, and most hardware companies try to bolster sales. I really wished that they made a 5.7" Pixel. Since they did not..... I replaced my Note 7 with a Nexus 6p. More bang for my buck until the Note 8 comes to fruition. BTW.... I own a n5, n6, and now the Nexus 6p. No 5.7" Pixel no Pixel in my future....lol

2. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

And there is an option to turn it off I hope! I haven't used a Pixel yet to know. Because the other feature I turned off was the double tap home button for camera .

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