It seems that Google is piling up the features that will make the Pixel smartphones special, further distancing itself from its Nexus predecessors. In some cases, however, the changes might turn out to actually be detrimental to Google’s older, existing devices.
In responding to comments on Google+, Googler Ian Lake confirmed that devices other than the Google Pixel won’t be able to support fingerprint sensor gestures or the new Night Light mode. Unfortunately, it seems that Android 7.1 has also removed the previously existing Night Mode for those devices as well. That’s not to say OEMs can’t work on their own Night Modes and fingerprint gestures, in fact, both of these features do arrive on Pixel after a few Chinese OEMs have already done it. Continue reading “Night Light remains a Pixel exclusive feature, but you can still get it on your Nexus.. sort of”