You are the material, the notifications, the security… what’s changing

You are the material, the notifications, the security... what's changing

Google releases Android 12 beta 2 for smartphones registered in the beta program. Here are some new things to report.

New Material Designed by Android 12

The new material you’re designing for Android 12 // Source: Google

Android 12 Beta 2 is now available for download, only on Google Pixels for now. If you have a compatible model and have signed up for the beta version of the new mobile operating system version, you can update your device.

What developments can we already report? Here are some things to highlight.

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It was especially expected that Android 12 Beta 2 will add the most interesting functionality to the material you are designing: automatic adaptation of the system highlight colors according to the dominant color of the chosen background.

Here is an overview of this customization function in a few screenshots.

Thanks to Encestral Z for its screenshots.

Quick Settings

The shortcut panel welcomes a simple change: The Wi-Fi connection box changes its name to “Internet” and displays the name of the network you’re connected to in small pieces.

Android 12 Quick Settings

Android 12 Internet Tiles // Source: Google

Clicking on it will take you to the list of available Wi-Fi networks and you will also see the mobile network you are connected to (you can turn it off with a switch).

Better confidentiality control

It was an expected feature and here it comes to Android 12 beta 2: the user receives a small alert to warn them when an app reads what has been copied to the clipboard. Please note that the notification is only sent when the app reads content copied from another app.

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Additionally, Google has announced the arrival of the Privacy Dashboard on Android 12. This functionality is now available in Beta 2. This Privacy Dashboard lets you know how often an app requests access to your microphone and camera and to your smartphone’s geolocation.

Android 12 privacy dashboard

Android 12 privacy table // Source: Google

Apple also recently announced an option similar to iOS 15. Another thing on Android 12, once you activate your microphone or camera, you’ll see an icon appear in the status bar. Through the quick settings, you can quickly turn them off.

The Verge mentions that if you do this, the next time an app tries to access your microphone or camera, it will ask you a message if you accept. If you decline, the app will think it has access, but won’t actually pick up anything.

Google keeps track of its calendar for Android 12

Android 12 Beta 2 is on time, and we were expecting it in June.

Android 12 roadmap

Android 12 roadmap // Source: Google

Smartphones from other brands running Android 12 will have to wait a bit before tasting the beta version 2, which is currently only available on the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a and Pixel 5.

It will then take a few beta builds before the stable release of Android 12 is released.

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