Second Android 12 Beta releases by Google with new features

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Image: Google – Google released Google’s first Android 12 beta in the I/O in May, but this release did not have all the new updates and features that will be released later this year in the final release. The second version of Android 12 beta, with a new Database Dashboard, wireless-control updates and more, was released today by Google.

The company has been planning several modifications for Android 12, including the new privacy dashboard with privacy and security becoming a higher priority for Google. The objective is to provide people with a better way to see what data their apps use. In addition to the dashboard displaying every application that your microphone, camera or location information has accessed in the last 24 hours, people can even ask for further information about why a specific application could have tried to view sensitive information.

Here’s a preview of what the new Privacy Dashboard in Android 12 will look like.
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Further privacy-related features are new indicators which show up in your device display corner whenever an app uses your microphone or camera. This ensures that people know when an app can save the user or his environment in real time, so that you can change or revoke authorizations for an app if necessary.

And when you want to make sure the device doesn’t record, Google has also added to the Android 12 Quick Settings Menu the toggles of the microphone and camera, enabling you to deactivate both components with one tap. If you worry about random apps that could spy on your clipboard stuff, the Android 12 beta also supports a new notification that alerts you every time an app attempts to read your clipboard data – another Apple privacy feature added in iOS 14.

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Apart from a series of updated dev instruments, a revamped user interface for network connections is the latest notable new feature added to the Android 12 beta. In future, the new internet panel will provide you with the opportunity to quickly switch on or off mobile data, choose from the existing wireless networks and even help to solve problems when your connection is gloomy.

As with the earlier versions of Android 12 beta, you can test it by downloading an over-the-air update over a range of entitled devices or manually installing them if you are inclined to do so (see the full list of approved devices here). Maybe you can’t put this on your phone or tablet, as even if the public Android betas in Google are usually quite stable, you’re not going to risk something on your main device.