With each new Android model comes a flurry of fancy recent options. A few of them instantly remodel the way in which we work, whereas others simply quietly fade away with out making a lot noise.

After which there are the options that fall someplace in between — options that appear helpful, perhaps even pique our curiosity once we first hear about ’em, however then get misplaced within the shuffle and forgotten as time wears on. Particularly when mentioned options are out of sight and under no circumstances apparent, they’re all too straightforward to miss and abandon.

Nicely, as we look forward to the launch of one more new Android model — Android 12, anticipated to be introduced any second now (and already leaking out like loopy) — contemplate this your pleasant reminder: These hidden Android options, added into the working system at numerous factors over the previous a number of years, are nonetheless there and nonetheless extremely useful. Take a second to rediscover ’em and remind your self what you have been lacking.

Hidden Android characteristic #1: Quick app-switching

Some of the helpful options to return into Android in ages can be one of many least well-known and discoverable. I am talkin’ concerning the Alt-Tab-like quick app-switching perform that was first launched approach again in 2016’s Android 7 and stays one in every of my favourite Android shortcuts to today (together with, after all, all these superior Gboard shortcuts we talked about final week!).

You could be forgiven in the event you forgot about it — or perhaps by no means even knew about it within the first place — as a result of, actually, there’s completely nothing that’d clue you into its existence. And it is advanced a good quantity over time, too, which makes the percentages of shedding monitor of it even better.

So this is the way it works: First, in the event you’re utilizing Android’s present gesture system — with no on-screen navigation buttons and only a skinny little line on the backside of your display screen — flick your finger towards the proper anyplace alongside that bottom-of-screen space. That’ll snap you again to your most lately used app sooner than you’ll be able to say “frugal Google bugle crammed with tasty kugel” (which, to be honest, is not one thing you’ll be able to say particularly quick). From there, you’ll be able to click on flick once more towards the proper to return one other step in your app-using historical past or flick to the left to snap again within the different path.

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