Google says Nexus 5X and 6P will not have twist gesture to launch the camera

Google says Nexus 5X and 6P will not have twist gesture to launch the camera
Yesterday, an early review of the Nexus 6P came out of India and showed options on the settings menu for two quick ways to get straight to the camera -- double-tapping the power button or double-twisting the phone -- but it looks like that's only half true, and users will only be getting one of those options when the devices officially release around the world.

First, users started to notice that Qualcomm had updated a blog post about the devices to redact the portion mentioning the option to twist the phone to launch the camera, and instead added that the quick launch option of double-tapping the power button had been implemented as a replacement to the twist method. Google confirmed that while both options had been tested, the power button method had won out in the end. 

Presumably, Google didn't want to have two different quick launch methods, which could be confusing. There was no explanation as to why there was confusion in talking about the features, though perhaps it was a very late change, and the software that was shown in India will be old compared to what will be released elsewhere. 

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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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12 Comments

1. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Well, this sucks. A quick wrist rotation out of the pocket and you're good to go.. Was looking forward to this

3. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

It's a Nexus device. If you really want it that bad it won't be a problem.

4. blue305

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 23, 2015

The beauty of the nexus. Just root it and get ur flash on. Lots if roms and kernels will gonna come :)

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5720; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Even if you dont want a custom rom, someone will make an app that can do this (in fact, there's probably already one) Or just make Tasker profile Or just use the built-in double press of the power button to launch the camera, this way is easier and more discreet

11. 8ozchickenbreast unregistered

Weren't people just screaming in the jailbreak article that they don't need to root stuff on Android to get other features? Just sayin'

8. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

or just buy a Moto X, it runs on almost stock android anyway

2. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

That wouldn't have been a rip off at all.

5. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I'd rather save battery by not having the accelerometers reading all the time than have this gimmick.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

It's something that Motorola Phone owners use daily, it's the fastest way to launch the camera app, it's anything but a gimmick.

7. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

atleast its not as gimmicky as the HRM on s6 and the other lame features. I still remember all those smart feature of samsung like smart scroll ect. atleast moto's feature will come in handy at many situation.

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Until the wizards at XDA port it over...

12. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Google changed the lockscreen camera shortcut in Android 6.0. Before it was very easy to start it just with sliding from right. But now requires no so natural move. You need to press the camera button at the bottom right corner and then slide to the middle of the screen. Why did you do that, Google ? They like to change some small things and ruin them. So don't expect anything useful to be added to the new Nexus phones

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