The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are two amazing phones thanks to an amazing set of unique features you only find on the handsets.
One such feature is the Google Assistant – an AI-based application that has been baked right into the Google Pixel phones. Well, despite the feature’s exclusive nature, those using the Google Nexus 6P have been able to make this feature work on their handsets, but through some software tweaks.
Now, there is another feature that is also exclusive to the two Google Pixel handsets and this is the gestures on the fingerprint scanner. With this feature, those using the Google Pixel and Pixel XL can easily unveil their notifications center by swiping down the fingerprint scanner. Apparently, those on the Huawei Honor 8 can also enjoy the same capability with their handsets, but this shouldn’t be the end of this fun feature.
A developer has come up with a nifty application that is aimed at bringing the support of fingerprint gestures on any device running on at least Android Marshmallow. The application has been made available on XDA Developers’ forum and according to the report, there is more you can do with this fingerprint sensor quick actions feature than just opening the notification shade.
As for now, the developer notes that this app can be used to setup quick actions for either a single-tap or fast-swipe on the scanner, but as usual with such apps (first version), you will come across buggy performances and sometimes you may end up with a non-responsive phone even after swiping or tapping on the fingerprint sensor.
Keep in mind that since this is a backdoor procedure, you will need to root access to your phone in order to bring over this Google Pixel feature to your old Samsung Galaxy Note 4, for instance. Keep in mind that this application is not officially available via the Google Play Store and as such, you will be forced to keep up with the updates via the same XDA forum, which shouldn’t be a problem, especially if you really need this smart feature on your Android Marshmallow phone.