Before the first Developer Preview saw the light of day, we learned that Google was working on bringing one-handed mode to Android. Now in the second Developer Preview we can finally test how Android 12’s one-handed mode works.
One-handed mode is officially coming to Android 12 after doing the same in many layers of customization. The Google implementation is activated with a gesture and lower the top of the screen
This is the one-handed mode of Android 12
With mobiles whose screens rarely drop below 6.5 inches, one-handed mode is one of those things that should have been in Android for a few years now, but for some reason it wasn’t. the case. In the absence of official implementation, many manufacturers have created your own version in your personalization layer.
This one-handed native mode comes bundled with Android 12 Developer Preview 2 although like many other Android 12 novelties it’s still relevant whether it’s going to be a first for everyone or just for the Google Pixel. It is not activated from the factory, but you have to go to the Android settings, in the section System
After activating the switch, you have two additional options: exit when switching application – which deactivates it when you switch to another application – and Timeout. In Waiting time You can choose between 4, 8 or 12 seconds, which will be the idle time after which the mobile will return to normal mode.
After activating the one-handed mode in the settings, you can activate it on the mobile sliding down of the screen, which literally pulls the screen down so that you “get” the buttons and menus on the top half.
This one-handed mode does not affect the screen width, like that of Samsung or Huawei, so it will not help you improve from the right side of the screen to the left or on the contrary. To turn off one-handed mode, you need to swipe up again.