At last month’s Google I / O developer conference, Google pulled its latest version of the Android operating system: Android 12. Featuring a customizable layout focused on Google’s Material You for a host of new privacy features, Android 12 is shaping up to be Google’s biggest operating system release in years. Although Google released the first beta version of Android 12 at the event, it did not have most of the new privacy features showcased on Google I / O. That changes today with the release of Android 12 Beta 2.
Google released the second Android 12 Beta earlier today, and the press release emphasizes the addition of new privacy features. As which? Like a privacy dashboard, as well as switches and indicators for the microphone and camera. Among other changes, there is also a revamped Wi-Fi experience . These are the news of Android Beta 2:
- Privacy Dashboard – This page shows what data has been accessed on your phone and how often that data has been accessed. It has a simple timeline view of all microphone, camera, and device location accesses within the last 24 hours. This page also helps users see why an application has accessed sensitive data and make adjustments to permissions more quickly. Developers can provide an explanation of why their application handles sensitive data by responding to the new ACTION_VIEW_PERMISSION_USAGE_ FOR_PERIOD system intent. Developers are also encouraged to track access to their code and third-party libraries by leveraging Android’s data auditing APIs.
- Microphone and camera switches and indicators: You will see indicators in the status bar when the microphone or camera is being used on your mobile. You will also have access to the Quick Settings tiles that disable access to the camera or microphone. Developers are advised to review the microphone or camera uses of their applications and eliminate any unnecessary use.
- Clipboard read notification: Android 12 Beta 2 will now display a toast message at the bottom. When? Every time an application reads the clipboard using the getPrimaryClip () method. However, the toast message will not be displayed if the clipboard was copied from the same application. To avoid being embarrassed on social media, developers are advised to minimize reading of their applications from the clipboard.
- Updated Wi-Fi UX experience: The second beta version of Android 12 has added a “simpler and more intuitive connectivity experience in the status bar, quick settings and settings”. There is a new Internet panel that appears when you press and hold the Quick Internet Settings tile. This panel helps you quickly switch between networks and troubleshoot problems without having to dive into setup.
How long until Android 12 is officially released?
With the release of Android 12 Beta 2, two more Betas remain until the stable version later this year. The Platform Stability version will be released in August 2021 along with what is presumably Beta 4. When that happens, application system behaviors, SDK / NDK APIs, and non-SDK lists will be finalized.
Android 12 Beta 2 is available starting today for supported Google Pixel phones, which include the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5. Beta 1 was available for a handful of phones from other phone manufacturers. However, Google lets the OEM push an update to Beta 2.
Non-Pixel phones that received Beta 1 are: ASUS ZenFone 8, iQOO 7 Legend, OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, OPPO Find X3 Pro, Realme GT, TCL 20 Pro 5G, Tecno Camon 17. Also Xiaomi Mi 11, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro / Mi 11i / Redmi K40 Pro +, and ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G.
It should be noted that Beta 2 is also available for Android TV. What does this mean? Those developers can start the emulator or update the build on an ADT-3.