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Android 12’s rumored one-handed mode could make big phones more usable

People love big phones, and companies oblige that demand by releasing devices with monster screens. Heck, even the “mid-sized” iPhone 12 has a 6.1-inch screen.

Phones with big displays give you more screen estate to view content bigly, stack two apps in the splitscreen mode, and pack more icons on a page. But sometimes it’s really hard to reach across the screen with one hand.

Thankfully, iPhones have a one-handed mode which you can activate by swiping down on the bottom edge of the screen. Now, Android’s next version could get a similar option too.

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Google Photos update adds a usable video editor at last

Today Google revealed they’d be adding a video editor to their Google Photos app, at long last. The Google Photos app for Android will add “granular adjustment” abilities for videos in the very near future. Per Google Photos Product Manager Zachary Senzer, “Today we’re adding even more editing capabilities to Google Photos so you can easily fine-tune your memories – no expertise needed.”

The new video editor will allow users to change the way the video looks in a wide variety of ways. There’s a way to crop and straighten a video. There’s a set of edits for brightness, for contrast, saturation, and warmth.

You’ll also apprently be able to “change perspective” in your videos. There are new filters, including Metro, West, Eiffel, Vivid, and more. Adjustments include Black Point, White Point, and Shadows too.

This editor allows the user to remove sound and to export the video with a frame. This might well be the biggest addition to the app since it allowed uploading photos and videos to the cloud.

The video editing features will appear on iOS devices right this minute – or very soon, if you can’t already see the update now. If you’re using an Android device, you’ll see this update “in the coming weeks.” Google also suggested that iOS users of Google Photos will get a new “redesigned editor” in the coming months.

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