Aside from its own accessibility apps, Google provides a robust API that allows developers to create tools for people with disabilities.
A neat new way to control your phone is included in the beta version of the Android Accessibility Suite, which was included in the fourth Android 12 beta that recently arrived on Pixel handsets.
“Camera Switches” allows you to perform a variety of actions by using facial gestures. For example, you can instruct the app to open your notifications panel or quick settings when you smile or raise your brow.
You can also scroll forward and backward by opening your mouth. According to XDA Developers, the update allows you to map around six face gestures to more than a dozen phone controls.
These can also be adjusted based on gesture size to prevent the app from launching actions incessantly.
Camera Switches extends the Android Accessibility Suite’s Switch Access feature, which allows you to interact with your device without using the touchscreen.
Depending on the situation, this can be accomplished with an external device, such as a keyboard, through a USB or Bluetooth connection, or by pressing the built-in buttons on your phone.
In that regard, Camera Switches takes the feature a step further by incorporating gestures into the mix. Because most people are already used to unlocking their phones with their faces, the new features should not be too foreign.
When you use Camera Switches, you’ll notice a persistent notification icon indicating that your camera is in use.
However, because Android 12’s privacy dashboard already includes a status indicator for both the camera and the microphone, this feature may be superfluous. XDA was also able to sideload the app’s APK in order to access the new feature on Android 11.