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A feature in Android 12 uses facial expressions to control the smartphone terminal

A feature in Android 12 uses facial expressions to control the smartphone terminal

“Camera Switch” has arrived with version 12 of the Android Accessibility Suite application, released alongside the fourth beta version of Android 12. The new version of the application is not yet available through Google Play, he writes XDA, but there is an APK that can be downloaded if you want to give it a try.

According to the XDA developers, facial expressions (which include looking left, right, or up) can be used to scroll, return to the home screen, view quick settings, or notifications.

The screenshots, presented by them, show that you can adjust the sensitivity of the software when it recognizes facial expressions, which should limit the possibility of accidental triggers.

There is a caveat that the feature can consume power and ideally phones should be plugged in while in use.

The feature could be useful for anyone who uses large screens with one hand and finds certain touch controls difficult. Unlike voice commands, facial expressions are silent, making it easy to use in public or in quiet spaces.

The arrival of the new feature along with the latest version of Android 12 beta suggests that it will be officially released as part of the Android 12 update in 2021. XDA Developers says that the latest version of Accessibility Suite appears to be compatible with Android 11, which suggests that it may not be exclusively available for Android 12.

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