New 'Magnifier' feature for Android P makes it easier to copy and paste

New 'Magnifier' feature for Android P makes it easier to copy and paste
Android users know how much of a struggle it can be to select the words that they want to highlight to copy and paste. Right now, to highlight text, you need to long press on a word to call up the bar that reads "Copy, Search, Select All). The word you long pressed on is highlighted in blue, and a blue dot on each side of the word allows you to extend the highlighted portion of the text. Perhaps better than previous iterations, it still is far from a perfect solution. As a result, Android P will feature Magnifier, a better way to highlight what you want to copy and paste on your Android phone.

With Magnifier, you still get the two dots straddling both sides of the initial word you've highlighted with a long press. But now, you can place the cursor more precisely thanks to a magnified window above the text you are highlighting. The magnifier window works on all surfaces, not just text, so you can employ it when you want to zoom in on a photo.

While we still don't know what the "P" in Android P stands for (it could be popsicle), the new Android build is expected to launch later this summer. Just the other day, Google released the third beta version of the Android P operating system. The next beta will take Android P through the last testing stage before the final version is launched this quarter.


source: Google

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23 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 411; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

This is one feature I really like a lot onSamsung devices. It really makes it easy to copy and paste

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Not just Samsung, Sony has had it for a long time too. I believe the Sony Ericsson X10 had it back in 2009. Can't remember whether or not the Galaxy Spica had it.

13. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

I am using XZ Premium. Can you teach me how to activate it? Thanks

19. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Sony used to have it as an option in their own keyboard app.

10. KingSam

Posts: 1290; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Saw this comment and tried it. Didn't even realize. I guess it's one of those little things that just works.

11. piyath

Posts: 2443; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is copied directly from iOS ha ha haaaaaaaa... Just like Samsung, Google must be also running out of ideas I guess. This feature was there in iOS for years now. BTW this is the best way to implement this.

14. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

You seems happy with "google copy apple" things. I always wonder how much you guys earn from defending apple/google.

2. DolmioMan

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

That’s okay, iOS has only had this for 10 years.

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

No it hasn't

23. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

https://youtu.be/nC02DjtBPKM He’s right since iPhone 3GS lol.

6. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

If by 10 years you mean 10 months then you're right.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

iOS didn't even have copy and paste 10 years ago...

12. piyath

Posts: 2443; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Another blatant copycat from Google/Samsung gang of thieves....lol It's OK because I can see their frustration trying to find a nice way of doing this text selection thing for years now....lol Step by step Android is copying iconic iOS features which was invented by Apple years ago. Step by step gradually they do this copying.

17. sissy246

Posts: 6837; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And what about every thing apple has copied. Stop acting like they don't do it to. But so what, just makes what ever phone we like better.

18. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1059; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You do realize that Android had the ability to copy and paste text before iOS did. When iOS got it, it didn't come with the magnifier bit yet. The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 had it back in 2009. It may not have been a feature of Android buta few manufacturers did add it in.

3. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Samsung has had this for quite a long time now, but it's always good that it's coming to Android P. It's a very small feature, but it's nice regardless.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3661; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol, I came here to ask how this is even remotely new....

16. rouyal

Posts: 1541; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

iOS had it before Samsung (who got popular selling counterfeit iPhones)

20. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh get lost Apple fanboy with your Apple propaganda. Do you have any proof that Apple had it before Samsung? No? How shocking.

9. Nimbus

Posts: 433; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Needed this very much in stock android.no more of hassle anymore dealing with old way of selecting,copying,search and pasting.

15. tangbunna

Posts: 427; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

still no "Undo typing, Undo Delete"

21. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

That’s iOS one?

22. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

They could do something with the simple cursor moving at last, it is still a pain...

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