Nexus 5X and 6P take another cue from Motorola with quick motions to access the camera

Nexus 5X and 6P take another cue from Motorola with quick motions to access the camera
It appears as though Google has plans to slowly add to stock Android all of the small additions that Motorola put into its Moto X from a couple years ago. First, Google added the always-listening voice control, then more Moto Assist-like features to change settings based on context, and the Ambient Display which was quite a lot like Motorola's Active Display. Now, Google has also added quick motions to access the camera.

An early review of the Nexus 6P from a review from India shows the settings screen and options not only to allow double-tap the power button on a new Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P to launch directly into the camera, but there will also be the double-twist motion used by Motorola as another quick way to get straight at taking pictures. Given that these are Nexus devices and by definition run stock Android, we can assume that this feature will be coming to more Android devices in the future.

Of course, the big question is still how good the cameras on the new Nexus devices will be. Camera quality has often been a pain point for Nexus users, but the early buzz says Google has finally fixed that. We'll have to wait and see. 


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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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18 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Another one

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yup, Ambient Display, Active Listening, Moto Skip (NFC Unlock), Spotlight player, now Sensor Hub for gesture actions, It seems like Google keeps finding inspiration from the company they didn't think was worth keeping around. It really sucks to be Motorola right now because it was this stuff that drew people to their brand and Google's giving it away to everyone.

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm guessing the next year's Nexi will have the "pressurised screen" (whatever the generic name is), which the trend was started by Huawei.

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Just because you keep saying that doesn't make it true. I mean it's one thing to claim that Huawei put the first "force touch" display on a phone, but they even took that name from Apple, who used it both on the Watch and MacBook line. There are a lot of other, more sensible ways to take your issues out on Apple, like their garbage UIs. Try those.

4. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Is it just me or did google bend Motorola over. Like they took every idea they hand down to the finger print on the back. Google really out doing it's oems and that's bad OEMs will soon turn on them. Join Microsoft like I've stated because they can give you there laptop experienced from continuum. Game over google. The messiah has spoken

6. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Microsoft just needs to invest more in their apps. The availabilities in the android app store is what makes Google so attractive.. If Microsoft had that large app store coupled with its flexibility on windows 10, it could really change the game.

10. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

That is 100% true and seems to be working now. Developers are starting to see this and seem to waiting for the official windows 10 mobile. It's smart that Microsoft merge windows 10 together now they developers can develop for every platform with one click.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

When did Moto make a phone with a fingerprint scanner on the back? Did I miss something?

8. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Yes you did. Motorola intentions were to put a finger print sensor in the dimple. That didn't happen and boom now this nexus has one and a dimple.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

So they didn't... Anyways, HTC put one in the same spot on the One Max a year before the Nexus 6 was released [without a fingerprint scanner].

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If they didn't patent the it, which they couldn't seeing as how placement of a fingerprint scanner isn't patentable, unless there is some tech involved, and then only that tech is patentable, not the placement. Motorola's plan was to put the scanner in the Motorola logo, or the dimple. Apple bought the company they were going to use so they scrapped the idea. Google chose the back as the location, but it's not even in a logo as Motorola intended to do. The only way placement could even be an issue would be with something like LG's G series phones with the power/volume controls on the back. The best they could get is a design patent, but that wouldn't preclude anyone from placing their power/volume keys in the same place, they just could use the same design for the buttons that LG used.

9. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 432; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Yes you did. Motorola intentions were to put a finger print sensor in the dimple. That didn't happen and boom now this nexus has one and a dimple.

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

In addition to the comment above, do we know it was Moto's idea to put it in the dimple and not Google's?

5. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Here's an idea. How about they actually ship the Nexus phones already! If there's one thing Google can learn from Apple, it's how to launch a phone...

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Why do PA question the camera on these devices despite DxOMark proof?

14. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Because PA wants to run their unprofessional camera test and claim that iPhone still has a better camera. Click bait class 101.

15. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

God job google.

16. Bondurant

Posts: 785; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

double click hard key for camera was started by Huawei back in mid 2014..

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