Google’s annual Android updates almost always contain some features that manufacturers have already implemented in their own device software. Some recent examples include screen recording and scheduled dark mode in Android 11and now the upcoming Android 12 update will add another long-awaited feature: one-handed mode.
If you are unfamiliar with one-handed mode, it’s a feature on some Android skins (like Samsung’s One UI) that shrinks the screen to one corner of the device. This makes it easier for you to reach all corners of the display – something that has been lost during the rise of gigantic phones over the past few years.
One-handed mode on One UI 3.0
XDA developers report that Google is developing a one-handed mode in the code repositories for AOSP (Android’s open source code base). The exact implementation details are not yet clear, but the current code from Google shrinks the screen to 40% of the usual size and can be activated either with gestures or via the three-button navigation bar.
At the moment it is also unclear whether the one-handed mode is visible in the settings for all devices or whether it is up to the device manufacturer to decide (like the Desktop mode in Android 10).