Android 7.1.2 brings fingerprint gestures over to the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P likely to follow

Two days ago, Google announced that a new maintenance update for Android Nougat is rolling out to Pixel and Nexus 5X owners participating in the Android Beta program. The developer preview is currently available only to owners of the aforementioned devices, although a version for the Nexus 6P is expected to follow soon.

According to Google, Android 7.1.2 is an “incremental maintenance update focused on polishing and refinements,” but Nexus 5X owners who have installed it on their phones are now reporting that a cool new feature has popped up in Settings – “Moves.”

For those of you who don’t know, “Moves” are the fingerprint gestures Google introduced with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. When the Pixel phones launched last year, many Android fans complained about Google’s apparent reluctance to bring the feature over to the last two Nexus phones, which sport the same fingerprint sensors as the ones found on the Pixels. Well, in a pleasant turn of events, “Moves” are coming to both devices with the release of Android 7.1.2! The final version of the maintenance update will roll out in a couple of months, Google says.

If you haven’t heard of “Moves” yet, they are basically shortcuts that let you access different features of the phone, or control parts of its interface, using the fingerprint scanner. There are currently four “Moves” in total, and you can check them out in the screenshot below:

7 awesome Android and iOS games you’ve probably never heard of

The mobile gaming market is a flooded one. There are new games coming out each day, and developers really struggle to make a splash in the huge ocean that are the various app stores. And while the majority of the unknown titles remain unknown for a reason, there are these select few that really deserve more exposure.

So, in order to give them said exposure and try and boost the confidence of some pretty solid developers by increasing their download stats, we decided to go digging through game development forums, subreddits and message boards for a portion of these diamonds in the rough.

So, without further ado, here are seven awesome Android games that you’ve probably never heard of.

Memory Dungeon RPG

Price: Free

Developer: Epic Egg Studio

Ever wondered what would happen if you cross a classic memory puzzle with a classic dungeon crawler? Neither did we, but apparently someone did, because Memory Dungeon RPG is exactly that kind of a crossover.

The game has your character crawling through 50 different “dungeons” that are actually classic memory puzzles, where you have to match two tiles of the same kind. When you do, you either get an experience or health boost, or you deal damage to the enemy, depending on the type of tiles you matched. When you make a mistake, though, the enemy damages you. And that’s the whole game.

While it is pretty simple, and its sound design could use some work, it’s quite entertaining when you have to wait for the bus, or have a few minutes to spare. We only wish the dungeons were procedurally generated, instead of a finite number.

Jumps and Falls

Price: Free

Developer: Ruslan Abdullakh

Jumps and Falls is a simple game that has a grand total of four main elements – two platforms, a strip of spikes and the player. The goal is to jump high enough to land on the platform above you, without hitting the spikes on top. Jump too low, or too high and you die.

The game features simple one-click controls. You just hold your finger on the screen until you reach the desire jump strength and release it to jump. However, it’s insanely hard to hit it just right. And, trust me, you will get frustrated at some point. Despite that, the game is highly addictive and endless, which makes for a great time-killer.

Woof Patrol

Price: Free

Developer: Karben-Plass

If your game’s description starts with “Kundi the Super Dog is on a mission”, you can’t go wrong.

Woof Patrol puts you in the shoes of said pooch, as it jumps from one rooftop to the next, protecting his city from evil robbers. Landing the jumps just right is essential, because if you fall off a roof, you have to start over. There is also supposed to be a robber punching mini-game, but since we can’t get past the sixth roof, we have yet to see it.

The graphics, however, are quite charming and well-done for such a small studio. The music is also quite pleasant and relaxing, with a hint of a noir feel to it.