Android 12 to introduce facial expressions as an accessibility feature

Source: 9to5Google

Google Inc., the parent of the Android mobile Operating System is known as one of the world’s most innovative technology companies, and that is a fact! If it weren’t for its continuous innovations, Google would never have become what it is, one of the world’s largest global technology companies competing against giants like Apple, Samsung, Intel, and much more.

Having said that, innovations that ease human effort are called ‘successful’ in the industry and that’s what the search engine company has tried with its upcoming next generation of Android- Android 12. Yes, Android 12 is coming with an exciting feature that will blow your mind if you are too comfortable using your smartphones with touchscreen controls.

According to recent reports, Google is introducing an accessibility feature in Android 12 Beta that used facial expressions to control your smartphone. Imagine smiling at your phone and using your eyebrows to control the gestures on the screen! As mentioned in a report by XDA Developers, the search engine company has introduced “Camera Switch” feature in its latest beta version of Android 12’s Accessibility Suite app, as mentioned in a report by The Verge.

Just looking left or right, up or down to use your smartphone for gestures like scrolling, controlling the screen, and going home with Android 12’s latest facial expressions feature. Users can use their expressions to control different aspects of their smartphones. As mentioned in a report by The Verge, screenshots reveal that users can adjust the sensitivity of their smartphone recognizing expressions to avoid accidental functions.

Android’s latest facial expression feature can indeed be very useful for someone with a disability or someone that might be struggling with touch-sensitive controls. Users can benefit from this function in crowded areas where voice recognition feature may faint. However, for an average consumer, this feature might be “extra” because at this point, it is not convenient and it can be predicted that features like this are never accurate. Users may get frustrated with accidental functionality and decide to turn this feature off, even if they use it for fun sometimes.

In this era where masks have become a fashion statement, it is difficult for Android’s facial expressions accessibility feature to make sense.

Anyhow, Google is still working on the project and is actively innovating new and useful technology for its users. Earlier this year, the company revamped its Workspace suite and has also added a whole new collection of other accessibility updates.

Can’t wait to try the facial expressions feature and share the first hands-on experience with our readers. Stay tuned for more.