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New Canadian Pixel update brings 'double-tap to check phone' and 'lift to check phone' gestures (Update: OTA links)

Canadian Google Pixel owners, listen up! A new update is rolling out that brings two new Moves to your devices: "Double-tap to check phone" and "Lift to check phone."

Published onNovember 23, 2016

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Update (11/23): If you don't want to wait for your OTA update to arrive, we've got some good news. Below you'll find both OTA update links for the Pixel and Pixel XL. Do note that you'll need to be coming from build number NDE63V for the updates to successfully apply to your device.

Original post (11/22): If you happen to live in Canada and own a Google Pixel, it’s your lucky day. A 261MB update is rolling out now, carrying build number NPF26J, bringing two new ‘Moves’ to Google’s new flagship phone.

In case you’re unfamiliar, ‘Moves’ is a section in the settings menu on Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X devices running Android 7.1 or later. Moves are basically quick little gestures that control your phone. For instance, in the Moves menu you’ll find the option to swipe the fingerprint sensor to activate your notification shade, double-tap the power button to activate the camera, and a few other useful tricks.

The new Moves coming to the Google Pixel are “Double-tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone.”

Once your update is installed, head to the Moves section of the settings menu and enable both of them. After they’re enabled, you’ll be able to double tap your screen to check for notifications, as well as lift your phone up to check for notifications.


If you’d like to grab the update early, the folks at XDA Developers have the OTA .zip file for the new update. Note that this is for Canadian variants of the Google Pixel only, not the Pixel XL or any international or Verizon variants of either handset.

Custom ROM developers and various OEMs have been implementing these “Double-tap to check phone” and “Lift to check phone” features for years, so it’s great to see them finally make their way to Google’s devices.

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