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Nexus 5X Receives Google Pixel's Fingerprint Gesture

By Edge Ison , Feb 03, 2017 03:08 AM EST
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Google's fingerprint gesture is now available on the Nexus 5X thanks to the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

Since the "swipe for notifications" fingerprint gesture was introduced in mid-2016 on the Google Pixel, fans have been clamoring for the feature to be available in other Google devices particularly in the Nexus line. Many were wondering why the Nexus devices did not have this gesture when both products had the same fingerprint sensor. The tech gods must have been listening intently as the Nexus 5X will finally get the impressive feature. 9to5 Google pointed out that the popular feature can be found under 'Moves' which is in the Nexus 5X's Settings menu.

The Android 7.1.2 Nougat update was provided to beta testers only last Monday, Feb 1, with the Google Pixel XL getting the first taste of the revision. As mentioned, it was followed by the Nexus 5X and Google Pixel. The latest Android Nougat beta will also be made available to download on the Pixel C and the Nexus Player. There are reports that the Nexus 6P will soon get the updated OS and may even receive the fingerprint gesture, as well.

The "swipe for notifications" gesture allows users to check notifications by simply swiping down on the fingerprint sensor which is located at the back of the Google phones. The feature is not new as it was first seen on Huawei devices including the Honor. The new Android Nougat OS will also provide other features such as image keyboard support, app shortcuts, and a flip camera. It also fixes a number of bugs and provides refinements and optimizations.

Owners of the mentioned devices are advised to enroll in the Android Beta Program if they wish to have the Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta. After the run with beta testers, the updated OS will be officially released in two months or so pending any complications.

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