A long-running iOS feature may hop over to Android 13 for a change
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Google’s I/O developer conference is fast approaching and with it come the firs leaks about new Android 13 features. The 2022 Android edition could be called Tiramisu and it will offer new themes, built-in QR code scanning, faster connectivity updates, easier sharing, and other updates big and small.
Apple has had the option to adjust the iPhone’s torch brightness for a while now in iOS, while Samsung went ahead and simply implemented it on its own in its One UI overlay. Google may finally follow suit to allow this on a system level for all Android phones, but it seems that only future ones will be able to take advantage of the potential new Android 13 option.
Samsung’s Torch Brightness settings
That’s because the flash brightness control entries in the leaked Android 13 APIs would require a hardware interface that not all phones would have installed with their camera packs. The CameraManager class in the Android 13 code introduces the getTorchStrengthLevel and turnOnTorchWithStrengthLevel methods to the mix that so far only included an on/off switch, which are pretty self-explanatory. The second option would turn the flash on with an intensity set beforehand, while the first would allow you to adjust it on the fly.