Google Looking At The 'Fingerprint Gestures' App To Be Available On Last-Gen Handsets

By Samille Jan Abada , Updated Nov 13, 2016 08:59 AM EST

Perhaps, one of the best features that the Google Pixel has to offer is its ability to toggle the notification panel by swiping on the fingerprint sensor. When it was announced that such feature will only be exclusive to Pixel, some Nexus owners were dismayed.

As a response, Google said that they will look into it. SuperThomasLab is the App developer of the "Fingerprint Gestures" app and it aims to find a workaround for this problem. In fact, the "Fingerprint Gestures" app does exactly the same thing as the native feature found in Google Pixel.

"Fingerprint Gestures" allows a user to configure the tap, the double-tap or the swipe on the fingerprint reader of your device to let you perform various functions. There are many supported actions such as open or toggle the notification panel, open quick settings, control media, open an app and many more.

Users can also perform more actions such as activating and scrolling sleep mode, but this function requires that you have a rooted device. For an Android Nougat user, then you can use "Fingerprint Gestures" to toggle the split screen mode using any gestures, this time without root access.

According to Android Police, the "Fingerprint Gestures" application needs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and most importantly, a device that has a fingerprint scanner.

According to a report in Trusted Reviews, the new Pixel and Pixel XL have fingerprint scanners which allow the notification shade to be brought up only by swiping it, but within Android.

It further reported that the feature is a part of the Android 7.1 update and sad to say, this application has not been implemented on Nexus 5X and 6P.

As what have been mentioned, Google is already evaluating an update for the firmware but there are no confirmations whether or not the last generation handsets will obtain the update.

The firm did not disclose more details about their plans but they are still considering the feedback of its users. Google said that users should stay tuned for the update.


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