With a wave of my finger, I can bring about darkness.

Fingerprint scanner gestures have been all the rage since Google introduced swiping the fingerprint sensor up or down to bring the notification shade downwards on the original Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, and it seems that both other OEMs, third-party app developers, and modders wish to follow suit with regards to this particular function. Developer [youtube10] from the XDA forums is the latest to jump aboard the hype train and get in on the action, with DigiLux for Android Oreo; an app that allows you to use fingerprint sensor gestures to adjust the brightness of your device's screen.

Along with allowing you to set fingerprint gestures to control the screen brightness, DigiLux also has options to allow for setting gestures to actions; in case you're used to using those specific gestures. While there are a few features preserved for the premium version of the app such as picking slider colours based off of your wallpaper, the majority of features are available to free users.

While we see the functionality of apps like this, we cannot help but feel that they are best suited to phones like the Pixel with rear-mounted fingerprint sensors for finer control (seriously, image doing this on a phone with a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, like an older Samsung flagship phone). Furthermore, we see a lot of potential for accidental adjustments when using an app like this. Either way, there is room for improvement, and we are sure, given that this is just the first build, that we can expect to see a lot of incremental improvements to this app over the course of the next few weeks/months. You can grab it from the Play Store below:

The full feature list is displayed below:

Free Features:

  • Fingerprint gestures to control elements relating to your screen's brightness.
  • The ability to map gestures to actions, keep the gestures you already use and love!
  • Customize how much each swipe increases or reduces the brightness.
  • Position the slider closer to the top or bottom of your screen.
  • Change the color of the slider and it's background.
  • Love adaptive brightness? Restore it when next you wake your phone after adjusting the brightness.
  • Choose whether you want the slider to show up or not.

Premium features:

  • Pick your slider colors based on your wallpaper! Please note live wallpapers are not supported.
  • Add a dimmer for when you want your brightness to go down just that much more.

What do you guys think? WIll you check out an app like this? Do you think this functionality will benefit you at all? Let us know in the comments, or post over in the forums with your thoughts.

via XDA