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Add gestures to your fingerprint sensor with this free app

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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.

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Fingerprint Gestures has a straightforward interface

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.

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Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

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Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

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