Report: New Nexus Devices to Get Fingerprint Swipe Gesture

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Around this time of year, it’s no surprise that we’re starting to hear more and more about the upcoming Nexus smartphones, which should be nearing their completion, ready to hit shelves this Fall. So far, we’re set to be seeing the launch of two different Nexus devices this Fall, currently codenamed Marlin and Sailfish. Whether or not these are both to be manufactured by HTC or Huawei is still up for debate, but it appears as though one feature common to Huawei devices is making the jump over to the Nexus family; the swipe gesture.

As per yet another exclusive report from Android Police, the upcoming Nexus devices are set to get a new feature that Google is borrowing from their friends at Huawei. As per the below animated GIF, users will be able to swipe down with their finger in order to get access to their notifications. This is something that’s been present on Huawei’s own-brand devices for some time now, but it’s nice to see the Nexus line gain a little more functionality. In the below GIF, we also get a look at the new bottom bar of buttons, with the colorful home button appearing to be “stuck”. This is because the blue and green colors either side are said to collapse back into the button once the animations have finished. This animation has likely been included here in order to hail the Google Assistant, and when Android Nougat officially launches, we should hear a lot more about it.

This is also another look at the rumored “Electric Blue” hue of the Marlin Nexus, which should not only offer customers a more colorful choice for the Nexus device, but perhaps help them sell better in Japan. In Japan, as well as other parts in Asia, colorful devices are seen as a way to stand apart from the rest, and this will be a smart move for Google all over the world, as choice is what Android is all about after all. While this new leak doesn’t do much but give us a look at an upcoming feature for the new Nexus devices, it does help confirm that new Nexus devices are indeed coming, and that’s never a bad thing.


Nexus Fingerprint Gesture