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Feb 03, 2017 03:46 AM EST

Nexus 5X Android 7.1.2 Update Now Allows Easy Checking Of Notifications; Google Assistant Coming Soon


The Nexus 5X is finally getting a fingerprint sensor to reveal notifications. The feature was brought by the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat update introduced to the smartphone this week.

The "Swipe for notifications" gesture allows users to check their notifications by swiping down on the fingerprint sensor located on the phone's back. The Nexus 6P is also getting the update, 9to5 Google reported.

Google updated the devices' firmware to a newer version for it to have gesture support. The feature can be found under the Moves tab in the Nexus 5X's Settings page.

Android 7.1.2 Nougat enables users to choose where they want to set a live wallpaper -- be it on the home screen only, or both the lock and home screens. The software's other notable features include a redesigned app shortcuts and improved image keyboard support, among others.

The Nexus 5X and 6P are both getting the tech giant's artificial intelligence named Google Assistant soon. Stephen Hall, 9to5 Google's senior editor, tweeted this week that the AI will be introduced to the two devices in the next "major" update.

Google said that the upcoming update is solely for fixing bugs, which is something that isn't really considered as major. The possible addition of the virtual assistant is still exciting, though, and it may come late this month or early March.

Google Assistant is designed to be conversational in nature, meaning it can answer questions and several follow-up ones after that. The AI is capable of recognizing conversation contexts and audibly answers queries accurately. It assists users' navigation but can also point out restaurants or chic boutiques along the way if you wish to visit one, for instance.

Nexus 5X phones running Android 7.1.1 are having in-car Bluetooth connectivity issues. According to users, they can't connect their handsets to their car's Bluetooth systems, while those who can can't place or take calls properly.

Fortunately, an update to fix the issue is expected to arrive this month. Other devices affected by the in-car Bluetooth connectivity problem are the Nexus 6P and Google's Pixel handsets, GSM Arena reported.

The Nexus 5X boasts a compact, lightweight design with a 5.2-inch screen display. The device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 2700 mAh battery. Its primary camera is capable of taking photos in 12.3 megapixels, while its front-facing snapper can take 5-megapixel selfies.

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