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Android 15 is gearing up to make it easier for seniors to use a smartphone

It’s more likely that Google will release the feature as part of Android 15 later this year.

Google has just released the first beta of Android 14 QPR3, which will be the third quarterly release of the Android 14 platform when it becomes stable in June. By installing the beta on your Pixel phone, you may discover a hidden page for a new feature called Easy pre-set. This mode appears to be designed to make using Android easier for people who aren’t as tech-savvy or who may have vision problems.

Hidden in Android 14 QPR3 Beta 1 are strings that explain what the new simple preset mode will do. According to those lines, simple mode optimises the Android UI to “improve readability and ease of navigation”. Specifically, it “enlarges icons and text, adds contrast and bold, and adds navigation buttons to the bottom of the screen.”

<string name="easy_preset_category">Quick access</string>
<string name="easy_preset_description">Easy pre-set optimizes for improved readability and ease of navigation</string>
<string name="easy_preset_footer_message">Easy pre-set improves readability by enlarging icons and text, adding contrast and bold, and adding navigation buttons to the bottom of the screen.</string>
<string name="easy_preset_switch_title">Enable easy pre-set</string>
<string name="easy_preset_title">Easy pre-set</string>

Although you can manually launch the settings page for the new Easy Preset feature, it is not yet possible to enable the new mode. However, there is an additional change that happens when you enable this mode: the current wallpaper is replaced with a pure black image.

It’s nice to see Google adding a similar feature to the stock version of Android. Many other OEMs offer a similar feature, and Google Play even has third-party launchers aimed at older or less tech-savvy people.

While the feature is present in the Android 14 QPR3 Beta 1 version of Android 14, it’s unlikely that Google plans to release the feature along with the stable Android 14 QPR3 update in June. It’s more likely that Google will release the feature as part of Android 15 later this year, and the feature’s appearance in the QPR3 beta is because Google is working on the QPR and Android 15 releases at the same time.

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