OnePlus auto pixelate screenshot

Stock Android should steal this privacy feature from OnePlus

Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

One of the best things about Android is that there are a variety of skins out there, with the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi, and others adding their own look and feel to the operating system.

These overlays also bring a lot of useful features that are often missing from pure Android. For example, swipe screenshots were missing until Android 12, fingerprint scanner support didn’t appear until Android Marshmallow was added, and support for multiple SIMs only in Android Lollipop.

Now, with OEMs bringing their updated skins on the heels of Android 13, you can add another cool feature to the table from Oppo Color OS 13 and OnePlus Oxygen OS 13.

Another privacy-focused feature

OnePlus and Oppo’s latest Android skins offer the ability to automatically split faces and names in screenshots. The feature uses an algorithm on the device to detect names and faces, which Oppo says it doesn’t actually read the content of your messages.

It is worth noting that there are many photo editing apps in the market that actually offer pixel functionality. But taking on OnePlus and Oppo means your phone does the basic work of identifying and dividing necessary areas in one go.

Auto-pixelate detects names and profile pictures in screenshots before censoring them – no need to do it all yourself.

This can be useful if you are sharing screenshots of a thread with a friend or a private exchange on social media. So you don’t need to spend minutes manually selecting the correct area and censoring identifying information.

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How does this work in practice? Well, all you have to do is take a screenshot and then visit the resulting photo editor. From here, you’ll need to tap on “Pixel” and the phone should automatically clip/monitor names and profile pictures.

by saying that, Android salad Team member Dhruv Bhutani said he received an “auto pixel error” on his OnePlus device when he first tried it on Facebook Messenger. But the function worked after trying it again. So some polishing is definitely needed in this regard.

Speaking of Facebook Messenger, automatic pixel support is officially limited to Messenger and WhatsApp. It didn’t actually work on Telegram when we tried it on a OnePlus phone, but it does seem to work in the phone’s Messages app with rudimentary capacity (see second image in the gallery above). However, we hope to see more apps that properly support the function soon.

It’s only officially supported in WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, but it seems to work randomly in other apps.

However, this is the latest privacy-focused feature we’ve seen from OEMs that should hit Android. And there are a lot of privacy functions that Google will have to mine from OEMs in the future.

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For example, One UI 3.1 from Samsung offers the ability to remove location data from a photo before sending it to someone. ColorOS 7 also brought a Personal Information Protection feature, sending fake information to apps that insist on certain permissions (for example, an empty list of contacts for an app that requires the Contacts permission).

Either way, we hope Google will bring the auto pixel functionality to Android 14 and/or Google Photos in the future.

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