Google takes away a very useful feature with the Android 10 update

Google takes away a very useful feature with the Android 10 update
With Android 10 rolling out earlier this week to the Google Pixel handsets and the Essential Phone, some features that Android users might have taken for granted are gone. One of these features allowed those toting an Android phone to keep the display awake by tapping on the fingerprint scanner. As noted by Android Police, the latest build of Google's open-source operating system no longer gives users this useful capability.

There still is a chance that Google will bring back this hugely underrated feature. A complaint was posted on the Google Issue Tracker and for a moment it appeared that it was going to be restored. But the latest word from the company is that the issue has been "deferred [...] for consideration in a future release." Whether that means Android 10.1 or Android 11 is definitely not clear at the moment.

Google is most likely in no rush to bring it back anyway. That's because this feature was tailor-made for the Pixel line with its rear-facing fingerprint button. But with Google already leaking its Face unlock system for the upcoming Pixel 4 series, and official photographs revealing the lack of any fingerprint button on the new models, any such scanner will be found in-display. And, well, tapping on the display will normally keep your screen awake anyway.

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5 Comments

1. Carlitos

Posts: 673; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

At least a smart stay option like Samsung would be nice

2. TBomb

Posts: 1568; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

didn't even realize this was a feature. but clearly someone must have been using it

3. Vancetastic

Posts: 1569; Member since: May 17, 2017

Same here.

4. AdiSof

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 11, 2019

Could someone explain what this feature is actually? So you keep your screen awake while your finger is touching the fingerprint scanner? It doesn't start to dim after a certain time?

5. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

It's very rude of Google to do this. You take out an important feature, a most easy unlock feature, just because the new pixels have a face recognition technology. Then, give the upgrade to the original Pixel too, and make them miss it and force them to upgrade to a newer Pixel. Shame on you Google. That's pretty sick. If you want to remove this feature, don't give the upgrade to the original Pixel. It's f***g common sense.,..... If you really care for them. Thankfully I didn't upgrade and I'll not. Nor am I going to buy an other Pixel. I just feel sidelined. Never used an iPhone, except for my wife. I think I'll jump ship since at least they advertise as a money hungry shark, not like these ..,....

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