[Updated] Android 7.1.2 Nougat brings Google Pixel’s Fingerprint Gestures to Nexus 5X, 6P

Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P

Google recently started rolling out the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat to its compatible devices that include the LG Nexus 5X as well as last year’s Pixel and Pixel XL.

At the time of release, the search engine giant said that the Google Nexus 6P will be receiving the same treat soon, but there was no date mentioned. Nonetheless, those using the 2015 Google Nexus 5X have something to smile about. Apparently, the new Android 7.1.2 Nougat is coming in with a feature that has been exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones for months now.

When the two launched last year, they debuted a feature known as fingerprint gestures. Here, users can easily swipe down to pull down the notification shade. While this feature has somehow found its way to rooted Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P devices, it seems the search engine giant now wants to make it official via the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat update.

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The fingerprint gesture will indeed be a nifty addition for Google Nexus 5X users, but it couldn’t be better for those using the larger Google Nexus 6P. At times, it is hard to access the notification shade by swiping down from the top of the screen, especially for people with small hands trying to use a huge device like Nexus 6P with one hand. But with the fingerprint gesture, it will be a lot easier when it comes to accessing what’s in the notification shade.

Google Nexus 5X

Still, be warned that the current Android 7.1.2 Nougat update is only available to beta users who are part of the Android Beta Program. Since the beta OS is currently unavailable for Nexus 6P users, only those on the Nexus 5X have confirmed the addition of this feature. Nonetheless, we expect the same treat to come the Nexus 6P’s way once the update is made available in the coming days.

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Hopefully, Google will also add the Google Assistant at some point, probably in the stable release of Android 7.1.2 Nougat.


Google has recently rolled out the second beta version of Android 7.1.2 Nougat. It is this version that has finally added fingerprint gestures to the Google Nexus 6P, an indicator that the stable version will also have this treat at some point in the near future. The Google Assistant is also available not only to all Google devices but also non-Google devices that are using Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

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