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Facial Expressions can now Control Android Smartphones


Facial Expressions can now Control Android Smartphones

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The range of accessibility features in the Android operating system has been continuously expanding over time. These functionalities, which encompass compatibility with various manipulation methods and devices, offer enhanced control to individuals who may encounter challenges with conventional smartphone operation. One notably versatile attribute is “Switch Access,” enabling users to navigate and choose items on an Android device using external Bluetooth or USB accessories. With the latest Android update, now your own facial expressions can serve as the sole means of control.

Recently, Google discreetly rolled out an update to the Android Accessibility Suite on devices running Android 12, specifically Pixel phones for now, introducing a novel capability dubbed “Camera Switch.” Essentially, this fresh feature empowers users to direct the navigation and interaction on their Android screen purely through facial expressions. Camera Switch presents two types of facial control: users can employ their camera to “capture” specific facial expressions and assign them to particular applications, or designate multiple expressions for distinct Android functionalities.

At present, Camera Switch can identify gestures such as opening the mouth, raising eyebrows, looking in different directions, and smiling. During setup, users must configure expressions for scrolling through content, tapping on items, and implementing a pause function. While using the feature, a notification will indicate that the camera is operational and scanning, ensuring transparency in its operation. Nonetheless, frequent utilization might accelerate battery consumption slightly. Camera Switch is exclusively accessible on Android 12 devices; however, a few users have reported successful operation on Android 11 devices under specific circumstances.

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