Google announced that it is releasing Android 12 Beta 2 today, adding new privacy features and more refinement to the coming platform.
“Just a few weeks ago at Google I/O we unwrapped the first beta of Android 12, focusing on a new UI that adapts to you, improved performance, and privacy and security at the core.” Google vice president Dave Burke writes. “For developers, Android 12 gives you better tools to build delightful experiences for people on phones, laptops, tablets, wearables, TVs, and cars.”
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Here are some of the key new features that Google is documenting for Android 12 Beta 2. (You can expect enthusiasts to find many more.)
Privacy Dashboard. The Privacy Dashboard gives users better visibility over the data that apps are accessing. It has a simple timeline view of all app accesses to the microphone, camera, and location over the past 24 hours, and users can request details from an app on why it has accessed sensitive data.
Microphone and camera indicators and toggles. There are now indicators in the status bar to let users know when apps are using the device camera or microphone. And there are new Quick Settings toggles on supported devices that make it easy for users to instantly disable app access to the microphone and camera.
Clipboard improvements. Android 12 will display a toast at the bottom of the screen each time an app accesses the clipboard, unless the content was copied from the same app.
Connectivity experience improvements. The Status Bar, Quick Settings, and Settings will now provide a simpler and more intuitive connectivity experience with a new Internet Panel so you can more easily switch between Internet providers.
Android 12 Beta 2 will be available later today on compatible devices.