Nexus 6 supports tap-to-wake, but Google disabled the feature before launching the handset

Nexus 6 supports tap-to-wake, but Google disabled the feature before launching the handset
The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is definitely a beast of a phone - both when it comes to specs, and size. Being the newest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes with tons of features - though you’ll probably still find that it’s missing a few that you’d have wanted to use. One of the features that might be missed is double-tap-to-wake (which, by the way, is included on the Nexus 9 tablet).

Weird enough, the Nexus 6 initially had the tap-to-wake feature, but Google decided to remove it. The feature (and the fact that it’s been disabled) was discovered in a code commit that can be seen on Google’s website at the source link below. While there’s no official word on why Google removed the feature, this may have something to do with the fact that the Nexus 6 comes with an “Ambient Display” - the equivalent of Motorola Moto X’s active display.

With or without some of the features that you’d wish to see, the Nexus 6 was released by Google in the US last week, and it’s coming soon to other markets. To find out more about the brand new handset - the largest Nexus smartphone ever, and the most expensive in recent years - you should check out our Nexus 6 review.

source: Google via Android Police

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Nexus 6
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3220 mAh(24h talk time)



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Still trying not to cannibalize others Google? Imo, you should enable this option again for N6 owners. C'mon do it.

14. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1264; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Even if Google doen't wants, we can get it...

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Double-tap-to-wake would have been cool, but Ambient Display seems pretty adequate too...

3. chistoefur

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

From what I've seen in footage, the Ambient Display Mode is pretty terrible for the N6. I really appreciate double-tap to wake on my M8, and that feature seems like a necessity for a device the size of the N6.

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hmmm, yes, it does seem like Active Display is a better implementation than Ambient Display, because Ambient Display just tries too hard to display as much information as possible, while Active Display has a nice simplicity and functionality to it...

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Google is dropping the ball left and right this year. Every move except the ads and material design seem to be the wrong ones.

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Overall, I think Apple has dropped the ball a lot more than Google though...

7. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

I'll tell you why it was removed, I had a G2 and that thing would do so many pocket actions, dials, texts, etc lol. So annoying I always turned it off.

8. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

On the other hand, my G2 is impossible to turn on with Double Tap to Wake but always gets turned off because of it.

10. MAXXtreme

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Google should just do what Cyanogenmod did for the OnePlus One (and maybe others?). If the proximity sensor senses it's in a pocket then it automatically disables the double tap and other gestures. It's pretty ingenius I think and have grown to absolutely love that feature on my OnePlus One.

13. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1264; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes, I love OnePlus One's "the double-tap on notification" to lock and the double tap to wake when proximity sensor senses phone is not in pocket...

11. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

Never had such a problem with my G2, if the proximity sensor detects something near, it won't turn on

16. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Never happens to me on my Z3. Works quite well actually.

12. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And so #tapgate begins... :)

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Seeing as how I have double-tap-to-wake on my Nexus 4, I'm sure it won't take some dev at xda to get it working on the Nexus 6.

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