Tech News: Android 12 Privacy dashboard and controls for camera, microphone come in Beta 2.
At I / O 2021, Google publicly shared what the final version of Android 12 will look like and what its features will be. These features will be introduced to testers in the coming months and beta 2, in particular, will include the Android 12 privacy dashboard and more control over the camera and microphone.
The privacy dashboard, which can be accessed through Settings, provides a “clear and simple timeline view of the last 24 hours access to location, microphone and camera was obtained”. Google added this in response to users who wanted information on which data apps they access. Therefore, developers can “share more context” about using their app through a new authorization API.
Another apparent change will be the new microphone and camera indicators in the upper right corner of the screen. For example, when you open the camera app, icons for both sensors will appear in the top right corner. The pill shrinks in one spot after a few seconds.
Finally, Android 12 will notify users whenever an app accesses their clipboard with a read notification. This takes the form of a toast message.
Google says these four privacy features will be available in Android 12 Beta 2, which is expected to launch next month. Meanwhile, this week’s release adds access to the “coarse” location where users can restrict an app to only knowing their general location (relative to “accurate”). There is also nearby device authorization and app hibernation.