Thursday, November 5, 2015

Nexus 6P has double tap to wake - but you need root to enable it

The new Nexus 6P is the best Nexus ever (even though it bends) but there are some puzzling missing features, like the much appreciated double tap to wake.

Doube tap to wake become very common over the past couple of years, making it easy to wake up our smartphones with a simple double tap on its screen. This not only relieves us from having to find and push the power button (or other physical button), but it also helps preventing wearing down the physical button (Nexus 5 users should still remember how glitchy the power button became after one year or so of use.)

So, it was assumed the Nexus 6P would have this feature... but sadly, it didn't. And now, to make things even stranger, someone found out that the Nexus 6P does indeed have the double tap to wake feature but it's disabled!

To enable it, you'll need to have root access and type the folloing in a command line:

echo 1 > /sys/devices/soc.0/f9924000.i2c/i2c-2/2-0070/input/input0/wake_gesture

(If you reboot your N6P, you'll need to do it again, as it's not persistent.)

I'm sure this will soon become available in an easier to use way via a custom kernel for the Nexus 6P, but it won't stop make us wonder why Google didn't enable it by default (or allowed users to toggle it without rooting.) After all, the N6P even has a dedicated sensor co-processor that could do this without any impact on the battery... so... why Google, why?

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