Android 7.1.2 Adds the Fingerprint Swipe Gesture for the Nexus 5X (and likely Nexus 6P too)
When Google launched the Pixel and Pixel XL, they included a fingerprint swipe gesture feature that we’ve seen in many Huawei devices in the past. The gesture enables you to swipe down on the fingerprint scanner to quickly expand the notification panel. This is quite a useful feature for users who don’t want to reach all the way to the top of their device just to pull down the notification shade.
Since Android 7.1 debuted, many Nexus fans were anticipating that this feature would be present for their devices as well. However, when the update rolled out, the community discovered this feature was not included and some users accused Google of intentionally disabling the feature to increase the value of the Pixel phones. Users later discovered that the Pixel phones and last generation Nexus devices share the same fingerprint scanner hardware. After a few days of bickering, Google acknowledged user complaints and released a statement stating that adding the feature would require a firmware update to the scanner – something they were evaluating the possibility of adding.
Now that Android 7.1.2 Nougat is available, we can see that Google kept their word and has added this fingerprint gesture to the Nexus 5X. Multiple people on Reddit and our own forums have confirmed it is working with the new update. It’s highly likely that we’ll see this feature in the Nexus 6P update as well, but we’ll have to wait for Google to push that update out to our devices to confirm.