A deep dive into Android 12’s first Developer Preview has revealed that Google is now working on a one-handed mode on the original Android. Now, I should clarify here that although we have made the Hood Mode limited Shirt feature work well enough to cover it, it is not currently on the first Android 12 Developer Preview, so you should not just install Android 12 and activate it.
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The one-handed mode has long appeared in iOS as well as some Android smartphones and it is for a simple reason: the phone is getting bigger and bigger. Although this trend has somewhat stalled, it is not uncommon today to see devices with screens from 6.5 inches to 6.9 inches, from top devices to the lowest level of the spectrum. Using one of these phones with one hand is a challenge, and OEMs have come up with a lot of ways to make it easier to use one-handed, including one-handed mode, which will basically move the Hood Mode limited Shirt user interface components closer or completely just shrink the display. A feature like this no longer appears on Android … At least until now.
It is quite similar to Apple’s Accessibility mode, instead of shrinking the screen both vertically and horizontally to make it easier for you to reach with your thumb, instead, the screen is only vertically scaled, brought down to the top of the screen for easier access. However, it may still need some work: there is a reason why Google has not yet offered it to users in this Developer Preview, so we can see a more complete version (which users can actually enable and try ) on the Hood Mode limited Shirt preview in the future. Of course, it is also likely that this feature can be completely removed from the final version of Android 12 since Android 12 is still in its early stages of development.
Earlier today, we already know that Android 12 (coded Snow Cone) will bring a new one-handed mode, and we have seen a planned image redesign in previous leaks. Now, XDA Developers are telling us more details about the next Android os-release including the all-new Auto-Rotate feature, built-in Gaming Mode, and a quick switch of reduced brightness settings. The GameManager service is another feature of Android 12 described as “a service that manages game-related features.” This will likely be Google’s own Gaming Mode API to give titles control over the notifications, brightness, and sound that come for a more seamless gaming experience. This feature will probably be programmed to start automatically when you open the game and can also activate Do Not Disturb mode.