This is why your grandparents will be delighted with the new Android 15

This is why your grandparents will be delighted with the new Android 15

Android 15 will introduce a "granny mode" with simplified navigation, larger text, and control buttons in a prominent place. Read on to find out more about this grandparents-friendly smartphone's feature.

According to California Mobility, only 62% of people aged 70 and older use smartphones. And for some of these people, it can be quite challenging since smartphones are still new to many people. However, in today's world, it is crucial to be able to use a smartphone to call your close ones, and keep yourself social and active. Luckily, there is some good news on this matter.

In the upcoming Android 15, there's exciting news about a new feature called "granny mode." This mode is designed to make using the phone easier, especially for those who may not be tech-savvy or have trouble with their vision. 

The first beta of Android 14 QPR3 is already available and some tech enthusiasts have discovered a hidden preferences page for a new feature called "easy pre-set" that aims to make the use of the device easier with the Android UI for "improved readability and ease of navigation." It also is able to "enlarge icons and text, adding contrast and bold and adding navigation buttons to the bottom of the screen."

Android 15 granny mode
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Even though the users found a way to manually access the page showcasing this customization, enabling and testing the mode wasn't successful. The only noticeable change was the wallpaper turning black, and it's uncertain if this was intentional or a result of a bug.

Based on the current state of the feature, it's unlikely to be included in the stable Android 14 QPR3 update expected in June. Instead, it seems that Google is gearing up to introduce this feature with Android 15, set to be revealed later this year. The appearance of the feature in the test build suggests that the development of the latest Android 14 updates is happening alongside the work on Android 15.

For older users who may not be as comfortable with advanced technology, this new feature provides a bridge to a more accessible and enjoyable smartphone experience. The "granny mode" in Android 15 will bring with it some promising benefits, catering to the unique needs of individuals who may face challenges in navigating complex interfaces. By simplifying the user interface, enlarging icons and text, and strategically placing navigation buttons, Android 15's "easy pre-set" will enhance readability and ease of use.

As technology continues to evolve, prioritizing inclusivity and user-friendly design becomes increasingly essential, and features like this represent a commendable step towards creating a more accessible digital landscape for users of all backgrounds and technological proficiencies.