About two weeks ago we wrote about a new app that would allow pretty much any Android device to use those neat fingerprint gestures found on Google’s new Pixel and Pixel XL devices. That application was created by developer ztc1997 of XDA Developers. It was never officially released to the Google Play Store, however, meaning you’d need to install the .apk file manually to get it up and running on your device.
If for some reason you’re looking for a different app that offers up the same functionality (and then some), you’ll want to try Fingerprint Gestures, a new app from SuperThomasLab.
Available for free in the Google Play Store, this new app lets you use fingerprint sensor actions such as single taps, double taps or swipes to control your Android smartphone. For instance, you can swipe down on your fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade, tap on the sensor to launch an app of your choice, or double tap the sensor to make your phone sleep. There are plenty of other customizations to choose from, all of which can be found at the Play Store link below. It should be noted that some of the actions on the list require root, but it’s still plenty useful if you’re not rooted.
After using Fingerprint Gestures on the Nexus 6P for just a few hours, I’ve been quite impressed with the fluidity so far. It offers many more customization options than the app we covered a few weeks ago, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for something more robust.
Fingerprint Gestures works on any Android device running Marshmallow or later with a fingerprint sensor. The developer says the app will only support fingerprint sensors that have implemented Google’s fingerprint API.
Interested in giving it a shot? Grab it from the Play Store link below.