Night Light and fingerprint reader gestures won't come to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Night Light and fingerprint reader gestures won't come to the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X
Nexus devices won't be treated to the Pixel and Pixel XL's Night Light and Fingerprint sensor gestures functionality as Google team member Ian Lake confirmed this to be the case in a Google+ post. Unfortunately, the Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X, or any other Nexus device won't be getting these bits of functionality, which are available in Android 7.1.

Night Light reduces the amount of blue light emitted by the display, making it less harsh on your eyes at night or in dim surroundings. As for the fingerprint sensor, there are shortcuts such as swiping down on the Pixel and Pixel XL's fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade. More might be coming down the road with software updates.

The feature requires specific hardware built in the fingerprint sensor, though, and the Nexus 6P and 5X lack these bits of gear. Night Light too relies on a hardware implementation – a composer interface that does color transformations on the display driver, instead of in software.

As a little solace, both Nexus devices will be getting Android 7.1 updates in time, which is still a privilege of very few smartphones on the market.

source: Ian Blake (Google+) via Android Police

Related phones

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)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I thought the night light can also be done through software tweaks?

3. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Of course, CF.lumen works without any specific hardware. And there is no compromise I know of : no battery drain (it's quite the contrary, if you know how to use it), no lag whatsoever... Google becomes like Apple : old Nexuses will get the last version number in the settings, but won't get any new feature.

5. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Apple are even better than Google now. The UI on the Pixels and the Nexuses have some differences.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering Google's play store has a number of blue light night mode apps on the market. Then Google is far from Apple, especially since anyone can easily download those apps for free. As far as the finger print scanner button on the Nexus 6p is physically different to the Pixels. Then I don't see that coming to the 6p.

2. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

6P and 5X will get every feature that's not hardware related. The developers over at XDA are too good. They already have the Pixel Launcher, Camera, Nav Bar, Sounds, and the Google Assistant ported to the Nexus'.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is already blue light and night mode apps for Android for quite some time. Those apps are for any Android device and not just Nexus devices.

4. DellB

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Feeling let down and betrayed. I own a Nexus 6p that I had to buy from Amazon and had shipped down to Nigeria at no small cost. I might never buy a Google made device again, ever! They promised Nexus will get the best of Google for 2 years and now they are leaving Nexus 5x and 6p behind. Greed is now the rule of the game.

6. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

you try.yea,I don't see why google is making some software features pixel exclusive plus it seems even the previous night mode on nexuses will be removed from nexus phones.maybe google will learn its lesson and get better by the next pixel though I doubt that coz that should be when the nexus phones get their final updates according to google's update cycle

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7574; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is a ton of free nigh mode and blue mode apps already on the play store. They work on any Android devices, and not just Nexus devices. The finger print scanner on the Pixels is physically different to the last generation Nexus devices. So I don't see that feature coming older Nexus devices.

10. gu3sswhoo

Posts: 32; Member since: May 04, 2012

I currently have a Nexus 6P! I have upgraded to the new device every year since the N5! The cost of the new Pixel XL compared to my 6P did not warrant an upgrade this year. I understand not getting the features that are hardware specific but not getting all the software updates is just wrong! Well, I will have to decide if i will buy the next Pixel Flagship device or try out another Manufacturer! I'm not mad @ Google, I'm just disappointed how Google is trying to push its new Product!

11. Ray.S

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Night Light can be implemented if they take the time to update the video driver. Thus far, they have not deemed it important enough to do.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Which really bugs me, because it seems such a simple fix for a very useful feature. I've been using Twilight, but I would rather just use a native feature.

13. Ray.S

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Yeah, it's bound to work better if it's controlled natively, as opposed to using a filter.

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