Because Samsung lost its shot with the failure of its Galaxy Note 7, the general consensus now is that if you have to get a new Android device, you should go for Google’s Pixel or Pixel XL. Few would argue against the Pixel smartphones as quite impressive Android handsets, but they actually lack some certain cool features that are available on the Nexus 6P (made by Huawei) and the Nexus 5X (made by LG), such as the ability to lift the device to wake it up and double tap functionality. But it appears that Google may already be starting to update its Pixel devices with these features -- Canadian Android mobile users are claiming recently that the features are now live by way of the newest over the air update.
A feature that allows a mobile device to wake when moved or lifted is nothing new. As a matter of fact, Motorola used a similar feature on its models with Active Display (e.g. most notably the Nexus 6 phablet released a couple of years ago). Apple also played around with the same idea through its Raise To Wake feature, which is included in iOS 10, the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system.
So how do owners of Pixel devices go about activating the features? The update is being rolled out by way of build number NPF26J, a 261 megabyte size file. Obviously, users need to have their handset receive the update, and from there, they can enable the feature by going to Settings and then Moves. There they will find options for Lift to check phone and Double-tap to check phone along with items like Swipe for notifications, Jump to Camera, and Flip Camera. The users simply have to toggle the corresponding options in order to activate the new features.
The update is officially deploying in Canada, but Pixel owners in the United States actually get started on updating their devices. Certain members of the XDA Developers forum took the initiative to capture the file and is now making it available for download to users of Pixel devices based in America. The file is saved in an OTA.zip file, and it can be installed by using the adb command called sideload, which should successfully update the Pixel without needing to root or flash a custom recovery. Note that this file has updated Pixel units with build NDE63V, and it is not clear yet if it will also update those with builds NDE63U (international versions) and NDE63X (Verizon Wireless editions).
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