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Nexus 6P video shows camera launch gesture in Marshmallow

by Todd Haselton | October 14, 2015October 14, 2015 10:00 am PDT

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Google’s Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X offer a lot of features that we previously saw in earlier Motorola handsets, and another one just cropped up. In a review spotted by hawk-eyed Google+ user Greg Abbott, it looks like Google is making quick launch features a default setting in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Abbott was watching a hands-on video of the Nexus 6P in India done by the Gadget Diary YouTube channel. In it, the video shows options for launching the camera through one of two ways: either a double tap on the power button, or by double twisting the phone. The latter option was introduced by Motorola, and is one of the most convenient ways to launch a camera. It suggests that the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X will have this option at launch, and also that Android 6.0 Marshmallow will support this for all smartphones.

Of course, many modern smartphones already offer similar features. The Galaxy S6 family of devices, for example, allows you to launch the camera by double tapping the home button. The LG G4, similarly, launches the camera with a double tap of the volume down button while the phone is idle. But gestures will certainly be a welcome addition.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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