The latest beta of Android’s Accessibility Suite includes a new feature which will let users control their phone with facial expressions.
Android’s Accessibility Suite is a collection of official accessibility tools for Android devices. Now, the latest beta version of the app includes a new feature which allows you to control your Android device with facial expressions.
Android Accessibility Suite Beta Includes Facial Control Feature
As spotted by XDA Developers, Google is working on a new feature for Android’s Accessibility Suite to let you control your device with facial expressions. Dubbed Camera Switch, the new feature has been included in the beta of Android’s Accessibility Suite version 12.
In the article, XDA Developers explains users will be able to use facial expressions to access a number of controls for their device. These controls include scrolling button presses and viewing notifications, though this isn’t exhaustive. The facial expressions vary in complexity, from merely looking up or down to smiles or frowns.
While the new beta was released alongside the Android 12 beta, XDA Developers explains that it appears to be compatible with Android 11. So, it appears that all Android users will be able to take advantage of the latest accessibility feature.
It is worth noting that the feature only appeared in the Accessibility Suite beta version. As with all betas, Google may further tweak the feature before it’s released to the public, or even scrap it altogether. It’s certainly promising to see the feature in a beta.
How Will Android’s Camera Switch Work?
Since Camera Switch is still in the Accessibility Suite beta, it’s not publicly available yet. Unfortunately, this means you won’t be able to try out the new accessibility feature unless you’re signed up for the beta or sideload the APK.
However, screenshots from the app do give use some insight into how the new feature will work. Users will be able to control the Camera Switch features from a dedicated page within the Accessibility Suite app.
It appears users will be able to change settings for each facial expression, tweak the sensitivity for recognizing expressions, and toggle a host of other features. There does appear to be a warning that Camera Switch can be power-intensive, so that’s worth bearing in mind if you plan to use the feature.
Android Is Making Controls More Accessible
We’ve seen certain features that can make controls more accessible for those who may struggle with touch movements. Voice control, gestures, and back taps have all already been introduced to make Android more accessible.
The latest feature only makes it more accessible than ever to control your Android device.
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