Android 12 is the latest version of Google’s Android operating system. The company has provided us with a first glimpse at the new operating system, which includes major visual upgrades as well as more security-focused features that hold you in control of your privacy. Well, let’s take a closer look at all of the latest Android 12 features and updates that Google revealed.
Android 12 Privacy Features
Google introduced new privacy features for Android 12 at I/O 2021, with the aim of making data collection by users more straightforward. Users would have more granular control over app permissions with the new tools, allowing them to better monitor how and when apps reach their data.
♦ Managing Permissions
Users on Android 12 will be able to adjust app permissions through the new Privacy Dashboard. On the timeline display tab, you’ll see a Manage Permissions setting where you can remove a specific permission from an app.
♦ Privacy Dashboard
The new Privacy Dashboard, one of the most conspicuous Android 12 privacy features, provides users with a clear view of how apps access their records. When you first launch it, you’ll see a summary dashboard that tells you how many apps have accessed your location, camera, and microphone in the previous 24 hours.
By tapping the specific options for each of the three permissions, you can get more granular data. You’ll be entitled to see a detailed timeline of which apps used the permission over the course of a day if you do so. You’ll also be able to see how long a permission was used for and whether it was used in the backdrop or in the forefront.
♦ Private Compute Core
Google’s Private Compute Core for Android is also having an update under the hood. It leaves user-data-handling AI and machine learning systems apart from the rest of the operating system. Android Private Compute Core is now used by Google for features like smart answers and live captions. Now, the company is ensuring that it can operate without access to any network, enhancing data privacy and security.
♦ Approximate Location Permissions
To work properly, many apps need access to your exact spot. Take Google Maps, for example. If the app doesn’t know where you are, it won’t be able to send you directions. A weather app, on the other hand, does not need such specific location access. It will possibly also tell you the weather forecast for your immediate area, which is sufficient.
In light of this, Google has added Android 12 approximate location permissions. You can now choose the degree of location permissions you want to grant an app. Instead of identifying your position, the approximate location option will give apps a fuzzy location.
♦ Mic and Camera Permissions
The new mic and camera markers are another privacy feature on Android 12 that aims to improve usability. When your phone’s microphone and camera sensors are in use, a green pill-shaped icon will appear in the top right corner of your screen. When you press it, you’ll be able to see in real time which app is using the sensors. If you don’t want an app to use your microphone or camera, you may disable permissions directly from the notification.
Visual Design Changes
When it comes to Android 12 features, Google’s Material design concept gets a boost. The Material You is a modern design trend introduced by the new OS. This style eschews the idea of a conventional user interface in favor of being more interactive and humanistic.
♦ More Expressive
The design of Android 12 is now more interactive. As a result, both shapes and colors will be essential in the user interface. Along with dynamic color palettes, the latest OS will also experiment with UI element sizes. Your lock screen clock is a prime illustration. Whether or not you have alerts on your screen will determine the size of the clock. You get an expanded clock widget without any alerts, which looks pretty sweet.
♦ More Personalized
Personalization is a major part of Android 12 features, and the OS adjusts the UI colors, shapes, lights, and motion in this respect. The most noticeable update is the UI’s current adaptive color palette. The device can identify dominant and complementary colors based on your wallpaper and apply them to the entire OS, such as the alerts shade, volume controls, lock screen, and widgets.
♦ Power Button
Google Assistant can now be accessed by pressing the power button. As a result, there will be no more uncomfortable movements at the bottom to start the assistant.
♦ Quick Settings Panel
On Android 12, the Quick Settings panel aspires to be a true control panel. In this respect, the buttons have grown in size, and the panel has been expanded. Android 12 adds Google Pay and Home Control keys, as well as two privacy-focused toggle buttons, Camera and Microphone Access. These two access buttons can be used to disable system-wide permissions for your smartphone’s two sensitive sensors.
Android 12 has quicker and smoother animations because the Material You build is really about expression. The VP of Product Management, Android & Google Play – Sameer Samat – reveals, “This was achieved by some under-the-hood improvements including reducing the CPU time needed for core system services by up to 22% and reducing the use of big cores by the system server by up to 15%.”
Phones Android 12 Beta Currently is Available For
- Pixel 3, 3 XL
- Pixel 3A, 3A XL
- Pixel 4, 4 XL
- Pixel 4A, 4A 5G
- Pixel 5
- Vivo iQOO 7
- TCL 20 Pro 5G
- Asus Zenfone 8
- OnePlus 9, 9 Pro
- ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G
- Oppo Find X3 Pro (model CPH2173)
- Models from Sharp, Tecno, and Realme
- Xiaomi Mi 11, Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11I, Mi 11X Pro