Report: Nexus home button animation and 'night light' option appear amid a batch of leaks

A quick double-tap on the home screen could also reveal all those notifications waiting for you.

The slow drip of Nexus leaks turned into a pour this week. A few new concepts from Android Police reveal a lot about how much the new Nexus phones will be Google-ified with a snazzy home button animation, a new “night light” mode, and a double-tap home screen feature.

The story behind the story: Google uses its Nexus phones as a showcase for the best capabilities of Android. This year it looks like it’s going to push the bar even higher by bringing some exclusive software features to show off the Google Assistant and other software capabilities.

New home button animation

The home button animation is consistent with our belief the Google Assistant will have deep integration into the next Nexus phones. It looks like holding down the button will launch the assistant, which would have even greater contextual awareness than what you currently get with Google Now on Tap.

nexus home animation Android Police

The Google Assistant will be one long press away on the newest Nexus phones.

Given the steady stream of leaks, we may find out even more before Google officially unveils its next phones about how Now on Tap and the Google Assistant will be always at the ready.

New settings and ‘Night Light’

Another major reveal includes a settings menu that offers a Support tab. This would likely be for the screen sharing feature that would allow for Google support staff to provide guided assistance directly on your phone. While Google already offers telephone and chat support, this would make the experience even more customer-friendly.

dual ui settings Android Police

A new support tab may allow live screen sharing if you need support directly from Google.

The report also includes a Night Light mode. A Night Mode in the Android Nougat beta, but there has been some discussion about whether it would appear in the final Nougat release or not. It's gone from settings in the most recent Nougat beta, but the Quick Settings button remains. The Nexus iteration appears to be more powerful with custom scheduling or using sunrise and sunset data. It’s another example of how CEO Sundar Pichai indicated that the Nexus line may stand apart from other Android phones.

Lastly, there’s a small tidbit about a double-tap gesture of the ambient display.

quick screen check Android Police

Checking your phone may be as simple as a double-tap on the home screen.

This way you could get those notification previews without having to pick up your phone off the desk, which is the current way to glance at this information on a Nexus.

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