Camera Switches feature lets you operate your phone with facial expressions

After providing accessibility features focused on voice control or screen reading, Google has now introduced a new feature “Camera Switches” in the “Android Accessibility Suite” allowing users to use certain facial expressions to control their smartphones.

For a long time, Android has provided an accessibility API that allows developers to make apps for disabled people and it places such apps in a few categories like screen readers, switch-based input systems, and voice-based systems. And expanding that category Google has revealed the “Camera Switches,” which uses facial expressions to control the device. This feature is a part of the fourth Android Beta 12 release and was rolled out to the pixel model a few days back.

According to XDA Developers, the Camera Switches provide you with a list of gestures to control the device. Here’s the list of some Face Gestures:

  • Smile
  • Open mouth
  • Look left
  • Look right
  • Raise eyebrows
  • Lookup
Camera Switches

All of these facial expressions will correspond to several smartphone commands, such as:

  • Pause Camera Switch
  • Select
  • Toggle auto-scan
  • Reverse auto-scan
  • Next
  • Previous
  • Touch & hold
  • Home
  • Back
  • Scroll forward
  • Scroll backward
  • Notifications
  • Quick 
  • Overview

The “Camera Switches” feature is not yet available to Android 12 non-beta devices so, you can either sideload the APK or wait for the update to roll out on the device (it is compatible with Android 11 also).


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