Fingerprint sensors have become so mainstream on smartphones, even entry-level handsets are feeling the love. Now that practically everyone has one, it’s time to add to its functionality. An app called Fingerprint Gestures is here to do just that.
Available for free on Google Play, Fingerprint Gestures does as its name implies. Once installed, the app enables your fingerprint scanner to go beyond simply being a security layer for your lockscreen.
You can assign actions such as opening a specific app, toggling the notifications panel, or any of the available functions to one of three possible fingerprint sensor gestures: single tap, double tap, or quick swipe.
Despite the minor hacking, this app doesn’t require rooting your Android device, but some actions, specifically putting the phone to sleep and scrolling up or down, are root-only.
The only requirement worth noting is having Android 6.0 Marshmallow or above installed. This instantly alienates 76 percent of the user population.
After playing with the app on my Nexus 6P for an entire day, I’d say it serves its purpose, although it isn’t exactly accurate or a must-have. My sole gripe is the unremovable notification, which you can see in the rightmost screenshot above.
What proved most useful is the quick settings and notifications toggle on the single tap and fast swipe gestures, respectively. Considering the thumb stretching needed on the large 5.7-inch screen of the Nexus 6P, it was a godsend to have control using the conveniently placed rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.
It makes me wonder why more phones don’t have this functionality by default. Google implemented fingerprint gestures on its premium Pixel phones with Android 7.1 Nougat, but hasn’t done the same for the beta version of Nougat on Nexus phones.
The possibilities are there, and third-party apps have unlocked some of them without rooting; it’s just a matter of Google realizing people could find this useful.
Source: Fingerprint Gestures