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Google could still add Pixel fingerprint gestures to Nexus phones (maybe)

Google is reportedly "evaluating" the prospect of a future Nexus phone firmware update that could add the fingerprint gestures from the Pixel phones.

Published onNovember 1, 2016

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Google Nexus 6P and 5X owners who have been unhappy about not having access to the new fingerprint gesture feature found on Google’s new Pixel phones may have a little bit of hope today. According to a new report, a Google spokesperson has stated the company is “evaluating” plans to release a future firmware update to the 6P and 5X that would add support for fingerprint scanner gestures.

This app brings Google Pixel fingerprint scanner gestures to any device
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Not too long ago, Google team member Ian Lake posted on his Google+ account speculating that the 6P and 5X likely wouldn’t get the Pixel and Pixel XL’s fingerprint sensor gestures due to missing hardware. Then, earlier today, he stated that it was likely a firmware issue, not necessarily limitations caused by missing hardware. Now, Google has come out with this new statement, possibly indicating that the hardware issues may not be as big of a barrier as first thought.

However, Google’s statement also is not a 100% confirmed commitment to adding these features to the Nexus phones, either. The report said that Google did not offer any timeline for when this firmware update would be released, or if it will be released at all. Google stated that we should “stay tuned” for more information on this topic.

In other words, Nexus phone owners should definitely not hold their breath on Google adding the Pixel fingerprint gestures. Google’s carefully-worded response to this latest development on updating its older phones indicates it definitely hears the feedback from Nexus fans, but it remains to be seen if this Pixel feature will make its way to the Nexus devices.

Do you think that Google should have made a better effort in supporting the Nexus phones or is it just more efficient to let the new Pixel phones get some new features that won’t be on the Pixel?

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