Google is updating Pixel phones with new "Moves" feature

The Google Pixel and Pixel XL has received praise from critics, lauding the device for its performance and utilitarian appeal. However, the Pixel launched with a few missing gesture-oriented features found on other Android devices, but that is soon to change, at least for Canadian users.

Google is currently rolling out a fresh update to the Pixel smartphone line that now includes the ability to wake the device from sleep, specifically lift-to-wake and double-tap to wake, or as Google calls, "Moves".

As stated, these features aren't exactly new, or that exciting. However, they are features that users have apparently been clambering for. Similar features were introduced as part of iOS 10, and have also been available on some Windows Mobile devices from as early as 2013.

While it is unclear when the update will be available to users outside the US, Google tends to be quite efficient with its update releases. We will update the article once it becomes generally available. If you live in Canada and currently own a Pixel device, be sure to check your phone for a 261MB update that is currently making its way to Pixel smartphones, bringing the build number to NPF26J.

To turn the features on, head on over to Settings > Moves. There you should find "Double-tap to check phone" and "Lift to check phone."

For those outside of Canada, there is a workaround, however, you should note that proceeding is at your own risk. For more information on how to install the update, check out Droid Life.

Source: Droid Life

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