Fingerprint scanner gestures could come to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P after all


Google yesterday revealed to Android Police that they’re “evaluating” a firmware update to bring the Pixel’s fingerprint scanner gestures to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. This comes not long after serious frustrations that some Googlers said the two phones supposedly weren’t capable of this technology due to the fingerprint scanner being on an incompatible firmware version.

Details after the break.

Yes, this all comes down to a software problem — something a little easier to fix than an actual hardware incompatibility. That in mind, if Google were to update the firmware, fingerprint gestures would seemingly be possible. But many are frustrated because it’s almost like Google has just chosen to not update the software. Google has, of course, claimed nothing of the like, but the silence is deafening and many are treating that as a “no.”

Good news is on the horizon, though. Google has seemingly heard everyone’s cries. Android Police got in contact with Google’s PR team, who told them that the company is currently “evaluating” a firmware update for the fingerprint scanners that would make it possible to bring the fingerprint gestures to last year’s Nexus devices.

Don’t get too excited, though. As Android Police points out in their post, evaluating a firmware update does not necessarily mean we’ll see one. Google could scrap the idea, especially if they find a more technical incompatibility.


The good news is that Google is at the very least taking in community feedback and considering bringing such an update to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

Hopefully we’ll hear more concrete details soon.

source: Android Police

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