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Nexus 5X gets handy Google Pixel gesture with Android 7.1.2

Google’s new Pixel smartphones offer a number of features that you can’t get on older Nexus handsets, but one of them just landed on the Nexus 5X with its Android 7.1.2 update.

The gesture allows you to swipe down on the Nexus 5X’s fingerprint scanner to reveal the notification panel. It makes it easier to preview outstanding alerts when you’re using the device with one hand because you don’t have to stretch to reach the top of the screen.

The gesture hasn’t yet made its way to the Nexus 6P, but it’s unlikely it won’t make the jump at some point. The Nexus 6P made its debut at the same time, and its display is even bigger, making the gesture even more useful.

For now, Android 7.1.2 for the Nexus 5X is only available in beta. You can get yours hands on it by signing up to the Android Beta Program, and once it’s installed, you can enable the gesture from within the “Moves” section of the Settings app.

Bear in mind, however, that beta releases are never as stable as public builds, so you may want to avoid it and wait for the final release if your Nexus 5X is your primary smartphone.

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Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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