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Google FINALLY fixes an issue affecting left-handed people after years of complaints

LEFT-HANDERS has been used to think after but it looks like Google is finally listening.

The tech giant overlooked a major problem when it released one of its products years ago and just solved it – although not everyone is happy.

But the problem doesn't seem to be completely solved as everyone had hoped...

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But the problem doesn’t seem to be completely solved as everyone had hoped…Credit: PA

Angry perverts returned to the company in 2018 when they found its smartwatch software didn’t sit well with those on the opposite side.

About 10 to 12% of the world’s population is estimated to be left-handed.

The problem means that left-handed people, who often wear their watches on their right hand, struggle to get to the body-facing buttons.

Although it is still possible to reach them, it is not quite comfortable.

“Can’t believe this feature isn’t there,” said one user in 2018.

“On behalf of all left-handed writers, here’s an accessibility issue/feature I’ve come to expect from Google.”

In the end, the company finally heard their pleas – but it wasn’t all good news.

A company representative said the development team has already implemented the feature and it “will be available on new devices in the future”.

So while left-handed people can currently flip the watch 180 degrees to put the buttons in the right place for them, it looks like it will only be available on the new smartwatch.

“It took 4 years for the request and when they finally made it, they didn’t do it on current devices,” said one user.

“Do I have to go buy a new watch to use a feature you can submit as an update?”

Many have moved away from Google’s Wear OS, which is used on devices by Samsung and Fossil, among others.

Instead, they switched to the Apple Watch, which has long had a forward mode.

The issue was first highlighted in 2018

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The issue was first highlighted in 2018Credit: Getty
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In other news, personalized smart gun, which can only be activated by verified users, may eventually be made available to US consumers this year.

Tech giant Microsoft is trying to make the world more awake by launching a “Comprehensiveness” testing tool in its Word software.

And a federation Anti-trust case for Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, was launched first.


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