We’ve all had to copy and paste individual text on a smartphone at some point, and we will all admit that it isn’t an easy task by any means. Currently, to copy text, you need to tap and hold down on a word to highlight it, and then use the pointers on either side to extend the highlighted area. But because we’re dealing with small screens and the poor precision of our fingers to make these selections, it usually takes multiple attempts to get it right.
Fortunately, Google has finally taken notice. The company is developing a solution to this problem for Android P, which will attempt to solve the visibility problem, particularly since the small text is further blocked by your finger attempting to highlight it. Android P will have a ‘magnifier’, or a separate box which magnifies and shows the text being highlighted more clearly for the user to get an idea of exactly what they are selecting.
Interestingly, according to the Google Developers Blog where the new feature was revealed, the magnifier will work on any surface and isn’t just limited to text. The implementation on Android P will see the magnifier follow the users finger on any screen, so it could even be used to provide some level of magnification within apps or when viewing images.
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Although the stable release of Android P is still at least a couple of months away, Google has released beta versions for developers to get an idea of how the next OS version will function. Many manufacturers have also offered open beta programs for Android P to allow users to test out the new operating system, including Nokia, Vivo and OnePlus. For the time being, the latest stable version of Android is 8.1 Oreo, although uptake of the latest version of Android is still slow.