Google is introducing a swiping gesture for fingerprint scanners on its Nexus phones


Get ready to move your fingers even more because Google wants fingerprint scanners to be more than just a biometric authentication tool.

The HTC-made Sailfish and Marlin, according to Android Police, are going to be the first devices with Google’s new swiping gesture over the fingerprint scanner to open the notification shade. It’s not confirmed if the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will get the feature, though.


The feature is quite self-explanatory as you’re literally placing your finger on the fingerprint scanner and swiping down. Once that happens, the notification shade is opened and your notifications await action. There doesn’t seem to be a swiping up gesture to close the notification shade.

If this sounds familiar, that’s because Huawei and Honor devices already have it. The Honor 5X, which was released earlier this year, is one of the devices already sporting a feature like Google’s unreleased take.

Something odd to you in the source’s image above is probably the fact that the phone isn’t simply black or white. The reason for this is because Google intends to release its 2016 Nexus phones in an Electric Blue color option.

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Furthermore, it’s all but confirmed that the on-screen buttons design you’ve been seeing in various leaks is sticking around; however, the version in this post is not accurate as there’s actually a bug. The colored dots will be animated but not in a locked state. Using Google Assistant will bring the home button’s colored dots to life.

Google is expected to release Android 7.0 Nougat for existing devices in August. As you wait for the company to announce Sailfish and Marlin, go ahead and download the 12 wallpapers from the upcoming phones.

Source: Android Police

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.