MemberSeptember 14, 2021 at 8:08 am
Again, outside of the initial activation of the feature — via the volume-up and volume-down button pressing — that involved nothing other than subtle movements with my face. Pretty crazy, right?!
Long-time Android fans may note that this feature is vaguely similar to a “Smart Scroll” option Samsung used to include on its Galaxy devices. With that, the phone would attempt to use the angle at which you were holding the device to scroll through web pages and other long documents based on how much you were tilting either the phone itself or your plus-sized noggin at any given moment. That feature was never especially reliable, though, and it quietly disappeared somewhere around 2014.
With Android 12, it looks like the same basic concept is coming back with much more advanced and consistent technology behind it and a much more distinctive purpose in mind. Accessibility purposes aside, of course, it’s tough to say how genuinely useful it’ll be in the real world in any long-term sense. Maybe with a handful of extra action options, it could have some real potential for simplifying phone use whilst you exercise (think elliptical trainer or stationary bike) or read over Very Important Business Materials™ in bed.
If nothing else, though, it’s a fun new trick to play around with and an impressive demonstration of what our current phone technology makes possible. And it’s absolutely a feature worth keeping an eye on as it makes its way into the world and then continues to evolve from there.
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