Android Accessibility Feature- You Can Soon Control Your Android Phone with a Smile!

You are busy doing ten different things at work and suddenly you forget your mobile password. It has happened to you. Hasn’t it? Well, you can now skip the mini heart attack you might have had in such situations by smiling at your phone to unlock it. Reports say that Google has developed a new Android accessibility feature for Android devices that will allow you to control your phone by using facial expressions like a smile or even raised eyebrows.

Known as the Camera Switch feature, this feature is a part of version 12 of the Accessibility Suite app of Android. It has been released alongside the fourth beta of Android 12. Though the latest version of the app is not available via Google Play (at the time of publishing), there is an APK that you can sideload if you want to give it a shot.

In addition to letting you unlock the phone, you can also use facial expressions to access different controls like viewing notifications, scrolling, going home, or even viewing quick settings. In addition to a smile or raised eyebrows, you can also control your phone by looking right, left, or up.

As Google likes to give more control to the users, you can adjust the sensitivity of the software when it comes to recognizing your facial expressions. If the sensitivity is too high, it might trigger accidental activations. In contrast, if the sensitivity is too low, the phone might not work smoothly. So, every customer should adjust the sensitivity of their smartphones according to their needs and requirements.

Every new Android feature has a catch. Unfortunately, this one also has one. The new android accessibility feature consumes a lot of power. So, it comes with a warning that the feature is power-intensive, and a phone should be plugged in if you want to use this feature frequently.

The new android accessibility feature can be especially useful for people with a disability or people who have problems with some touch controls. A major benefit of this android accessibility feature is that the facial expressions are silent and hence can be used when you are in a public place or a quiet environment, like a library.

It isn’t the first time Android has attempted to make things easier for people with disabilities. You might remember the Android 11 that was launched last year. It delivered improvements to the voice control feature of the operating system. Earlier in the year, Google had also released many other vital accessibility updates like highly customizable Action blocks that let you assign custom actions to the huge on-screen buttons.

As the new android accessibility feature came alongside the latest Android beta, it is likely that the feature will be launched as a key element of the OS update that is planned for the back half of 2021. Reports say that the latest version of the Accessibility Suite app might be compatible with previous versions like Android 11. If that’s true, the new feature might not be exclusive to Android 12. What do you think of the Android accessibility feature? Let us know in the comments.



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