Double Twist Gesture for Camera on the Nexus 5X/6P Removed

October 15, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Earlier this week, it was shown on a few Nexus devices present at Google’s launch event in India, that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P had two cool features for the camera. With one being the ability to double twist your wrist to open the camera. Similar to what Motorola has been doing with their smartphones for a few years now. The other was being able to double-tap the power button to open the camera. Today, Qualcomm has updated their blog post reflect the fact that the double-twist gesture has been removed. Using Context Core, users would have been able to double-twist their wrist, but that’s been crossed out and instead you can double-tap the power button to launch the camera, thanks to Android’s Sensor Hub, which is the new name for Context Core.

According to Qualcomm’s update:

“UPDATE: The feature to launch the camera via double-twist of the device was replaced by double tap of the power key. The name Context Core has been changed to Android Sensor Hub.”

So what this means is that you can still double tap the power key to launch the camera, but unfortunately you won’t be able to do double twist your wrist to do so. A bit unfortunate, but it is gone now. At least double tapping the power button can get you into the camera app from anywhere in the OS though. That’s definitely a nice feature to have. This is also important because Google has been touting the cameras on both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, in fact popular photography site, DxOMark tested the cameras and found the Nexus 6P to have one of the best cameras available. At the time it was the best, but it’s fallen a few slots thanks to the Xperia Z5. However, it is still above the iPhone 6S/6S Plus, which is definitely telling.

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are available for pre-order now through the Google Store (in other countries, it’s also available at other retailers and carriers) and they should be shipping this month at some point. The Nexus 5X is available in 32GB and 64GB and the Nexus 6P is available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities.