In recent years, the phones have become larger and more unwieldy, with the recent Galaxy S21 Ultra as a good example. To make your oversized phone a little more manageable, Android 12 can bring a dedicated “one-handed mode” that shrinks the content of the phone screen.
As telephones have become larger, various companies have heard the complaint that it can be difficult to use a telephone with just one hand and addressed it in their own ways. Many OEMs offer a way to reduce the phone screen to accommodate one-handed use, usually by placing a smaller rectangle near your dominant hand. Samsung even went a step further and created the One UI, which puts the majority of usable content on the screen within reach of the thumb.
According to information set by 9to5Google, Google is preparing a dedicated one-handed mode for Android that can debut with Android 1
Most variations of one-handed mode for Android have involved scaling the screen down both vertically and horizontally. Instead, it seems that Google may have something a little different in mind for the one-handed mode for Android 12, and just reduce the size of the phone vertically, and give it a somewhat squatty look. That said, individual phone manufacturers may be able to customize this.
Interestingly, there should be quite a few ways to exit Android 12s one-handed mode. It’s easier, like a similar diagonal swipe motion or tapping off the crimped screen. You should also be able to set a timeout period, in which Android automatically exits one-handed mode after several seconds.
Alternatively, one-handed mode should be able to exit when you switch apps. In addition, it should exit when you open the keyboard, which makes sense when you open the keyboard, the screen shrinks upwards while one-handed mode shrinks it downwards.
Since Android 12 seems to be closer than ever, we may not have long to wait before we get into one-handed mode. In the meantime, which apps and phones would you like to use with one-handed mode? Let us know in the comments.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article
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