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November 22, 2016

Next Google Pixel update adds raise-to-wake, double-tap-to-wake

by John_A

So far, only Pixel owners in Canada are seeing the mid-month update to build NPF26J.

It’s been just a few weeks since the Google Pixel November security update started rolling out, but already we’re seeing a new build hitting some handsets, with the second update apparently hitting Pixel owners in Canada first.

Pixel owners in TELUS, Bell and Public Mobile are reporting on Reddit that they’re receiving the update to build NPF26J, which weighs in 261MB. The biggest user-facing change seems to be new “moves” for the Pixel phones, including the ability (as was in the Nexus 6P) to raise the phone to wake it and see notifications, or double-tap to see alerts. That’s a useful tweak, and the first new feature we’ve seen added to the Pixels since launch.


Android nerds will know that the second letter of the build usually denotes which code branch it’s from (R = release, M = maintenance release, P = preview), however Google has gone off the rails with build numbers before, so don’t read too much into this being an “NP” build.

Reddit user someguy172 has captured the Pixel XL OTA image to go from NDE63V to the new NPF26J, so if you’re on that build (or want to grab a factory image and flash NDE63V), you should be able to then sideload the zip to update to the new build. You’ll find the NDE63V-to-NPF26J OTA file over here.

More: How to manually update your Nexus or Pixel

TELUS’s software update page confirms that a “Security Update + Bug Fixes” update is rolling out starting November 22, which seems to make things official. However we’re not seeing anything from the U.S. carriers, nor has Google updated its factory and OTA images page yet.

We’ll keep you posted if this new build shows up anywhere else. In the meantime, hit the comments and let us know if you’ve already updated.

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