Google Android 12’s one-handed mode makes your BIG phone more usable
Are you ever tired of the ever increasing size of phones? We certainly do. So it’s good news that Google might be considering a dedicated one-handed mode to shrink your mobile screen to something much more manageable in Android 12.
Indeed, phones keep getting bigger: the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a recent and larger-than-life example of this trend. Although companies are using various means to tackle the problem, none have sufficiently addressed the problem.
If the reports are true and a one-handed mode debuts in Android 12, it could change the usability of our handsets. But what does this actually mean for your phone? Well, for starters, he should see the option to enter the one-handed functionality with a simple gesture, like swiping from the bottom corner. We are sure that accessing this mode should be hassle-free, as it defeats the very purpose of this mode if it is not possible to enter it.
Over-sizing is a common complaint that obviously hasn’t gone unnoticed in the phone industry. With many of our best Android phones, best iPhones, and even many of the devices on our list of the best budget phones growing dramatically over the years, it seems the industry is listening and responding.
Either way, Android has already looked to fix the sizing issues with several Android skins – like Samsung’s One UI – that allow you to resize the screen both horizontally and vertically, making it more manageable.
Google reportedly intends to change things up (or rather down) by only reducing the size of your phone vertically. Information suggests that a one-handed mode, which fits a sort of vertically shorter screen, is noted in the code repositories for Android’s open source codebase (via XDA Developers).
Arguably the growing predilection for foldable and foldable phones is due to this exponential production of larger phones. You just have to look at the form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold phones, including the Samsung Galaxy Fold 3, or the clamshell frame of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
Apple would now itself be configured on a smaller clamshell design, for a possible folding iPhone. The common thread is compactness, ease of portability, which obviously makes these screens more user-friendly.
Google natively including this feature in Android 12 could be a game-changer, but it also depends on the ability of the feature to adapt to different applications and whether developers are using it extensively on various Android handsets.