Is this the future of camera phones? Control your phone with your face!

Google phone
(Image credit: Bruce Mars on Unsplash)

Google has recently released its fourth Android 12 beta release, rolling this update out to Google Pixel phones last week. Part of this update includes an interesting new feature that enables users to control their phones with their face via Google's Android Accessibility Suite. This is done via the front-facing camera, which is now able to read facial expressions and then perform certain tasks.

This new feature is called Camera Switches and is found in the Accessibility Suite. Google Pixel users were previously able to control their camera phone without the use of the touchscreen through a feature called Switch Access, which enabled the use of an external device such as a keyboard or mouse. However, mapping and interpreting facial expressions is definitely a futuristic step forward.

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.