Wednesday , October 18 2017

Upcoming Nexus phones will be able to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to activate the notification panel

HTC Nexus
We’re either close, or still a ways away from seeing the rumoured HTC built Nexus phones that Google is producing this year. The features for the new Nexus keep on rolling in though, just like this new feature that Android Police have posted, which shows a user swiping down on the fingerprint scanner to activate the notification panel.

The evidence is clear, this gif below is apparently a tip animation from the phone itself with Android Police almost 100% certain we’ll see this on the new Nexus – note the electric blue Nexus device used in the animation, that could be your next Nexus. The mechanism itself is simple, swipe your finger down on the fingerprint scanner and your notification panel drops down.


You’ll note the rumoured ‘flower’ home button in the centre of the gif, Android Police say the animation is a little buggy according to their sources, so we’ll see what pans out when the new Nexus launches.

Whether this feature hits other Android devices with a fingerprint sensor isn’t clear. Sundar Pichai told ReCode at their Code conference recently that Google was looking to add more features to Nexus devices, taking them more away from stock experiences and perhaps adding some of those ‘moments of delight’ that Google is so fond of. The functionality looks good, and we’d love to try it out. Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Would you use a feature like this to access the notification panel on your phone?

Source: Android Police.

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3 Comments on "Upcoming Nexus phones will be able to swipe down on the fingerprint sensor to activate the notification panel"

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Valued Guest

This is already available on the Huawei Mate 8 and P9 handsets. Swipe down on any screen for notifications. swipe left to right in gallery to look at photos and press and hold on camera to take photos.

Valued Guest

Is that a ‘G’ logo on the back of the phone? Under the hand?

Phill Edwards
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Phill Edwards

Wow well spotted! This looks like a good feature. I’m looking forward to the next Nexii. Never had an HTC phone before and one of these could be my first.


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