Picture this. You’re reading through a wall of text and come across a sentence you want to copy and paste. On Android, highlighting a line of text (and not overshooting or cutting off words) can be a pain even if you have the skinniest and nimblest fingers. iOS comes with a text-magnifying feature to make this easier, and it seems like the next version of Android is taking a page from the Apple playbook.
Android P will come with Google’s new Magnifier feature. Google initially called out Magnifier when Android P was announced in May, but the feature was highlighted in detail in an Android developers blog post on July 4. Watch how the magic works below:
Magnifier helps you precisely position your cursor by opening up a magnified window above the text you are highlighting. This means no more guessing where your cursor lies with your finger blocking your view; with the enlarged text it becomes much easier to see.
Google says the Magnifier widget can also provide a zoomed-in view of any view or surface, not just text. Perhaps you’ll start seeing it used to zoom in on pictures in certain Android apps.
Magnifier will be included whenlater this summer.