One of the things that I liked the most about the Google Pixel when I first used it was the gestures implemented for your fingerprint sensor, which, for example, allow you to open the notification menu by simply swiping it, or scrolling through a page when viewing it.
These are the kind of features that make you wonder, why has no one ever thought of it before? Despite the fact that these gestures with the fingerprint sensor are supported by hardware in the case of the Google Pixel, luckily on Android everything is possible, and we already have at least two good apps in the app store that emulate this behavior quite well. Obviously, in order to take advantage of them, you must have a cell phone with a fingerprint sensor.
If you have a device with this sensor, and you want to get a little more juice out of this accessory, which normally only helps us unlock it, the good news is that these applications that we are going to talk about, they do not require you to have ROOT access to work. However, if you have this access you will be able to enable some additional functions. Keep in mind that in order for them to operate, your device must support Google’s API for fingerprint management, so it may happen that they are not compatible with some devices.
Fingerprint Quick Actions
This application developed by ztc1997 a user of XDA Forums is one of the simplest and most popular that I found. Its operation is basic, but it meets what is expected. After installing it, you must enable accessibility features of your device and define the actions you want to be carried out when you tap, swipe or double tap on the fingerprint sensor.
One of the things that I liked about Quick Actions is the function it has to simulate the screen turning off. For example, you can define that placing your finger on the sensor will turn off the screen, a feature that is very useful if you don’t want to use the physical button of turning the cell phone on and off to avoid damaging it, or precisely because it has already been damaged.
This application is very similar to the previous one, but it has a little more features when defining gestures on your phone’s fingerprint sensor. Additionally, it allows you to define the type of fingerprint API to use, giving the native Google or the Samsung API as alternatives, just in case your phone does not work with the default.
Something interesting about this application is that one of the customization functions consists of generate a floating menu of shortcuts by touching the sensor, so you can configure your favorite applications to invoke with a gesture on the fingerprint sensor.
On the negative side, unlike Fingerprint Quick Actions, this app requires keep a message always active in the notification bar to prevent the operating system from closing it at any time. Something that the first app seems to handle much better apparently.
In the case of both applications, you will notice a little vibration whenever you use the fingerprint sensor to perform an action, which is an Android reaction and not theirs, to let you know that the fingerprint sensor is being used. This can be a bit annoying, but it can’t be helped.
Additionally, the two applications allow you to configure that the actions only work with the registered fingerprints, but this is not recommended to enable, because it makes the whole process work more slowly.