android 12: Google released this Wednesday (9) the download of the second beta of android 12 for developers. The new test version of the operating system offers privacy features, including a dashboard with lots of detailed information about what apps can access.
The software was officially unveiled last month at the Google I/O event. Among the new features, it has a redesigned interface, widgets and various functions that range from improving battery life to using the mobile phone as a remote control for Android TV.
In the second beta, the connections area was redesigned to make the experience more intuitive and informative. According to Google, the redesign makes it easier for people to solve connectivity issues (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, etc.) in a less complex way, since everything is grouped together.
The new test version of the operating system also received a notification that warns when applications access something from the clipboard. Notifications are only not shown if the access is not performed by an application other than the original.
android 12 Beta 2 also has a tool that tells you when an app is using mobile phone cameras and microphones. The status bar with this information can be configured in the administration options and is for the user to ensure the rights that the programs will have.
Finally, the main new feature is the privacy dashboard. The dashboard, which was already released by the tech giant, provides insight into all the data that the apps have access to. In addition, the tool shows a timeline that shows which programs have recently used, for example, the microphone, camera or location.
Tests and final version
Although aimed at developers, android 12 Beta 2 can be downloaded and used by users with devices such as ZenFone 8, Vivo iQOO 7Legend, Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Pixel 4 and Pixel 5.
Google expects the operating system to reach “Platform Stability” in beta version 4, which will be released on August 4, 2021. The final version of the software will arrive sometime later in the year, with no set date.