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Google during its I/O 2021 Developers conference launched the first public beta for its Android 12 operating system. The company has now released its second beta build for Pixel users. The second public beta brings in a number of privacy features, which were originally announced at I/O 2021. Also Read – Mi 11 Lite 4G could be to Xiaomi what the V series is to Vivo in India

Android 12: Second beta build

The first notable change introduced with the second beta build is that the user interface now has a lot more contrast to it. Also Read – OnePlus 8T or OnePlus 9R 5G: Which is a better deal after Rs 4,000 price cut on 8T?

Apart from this, the update brings in multiple privacy changes including the introduction of the privacy dashboard, dedicated microphone toggles and more. Also Read – Sundar Pichai: 5 interesting facts about Google CEO you never heard before

Privacy dashboard is an overview screen to show you what information has been accessed and which apps accessed it last. It will also consist of explanations as to why these apps accessed the permissions. The privacy dashboard will be located inside of the Settings panel of the device.

The dedicated microphone toggles will allow users to disable the software from accessing the microphones or cameras. You will be able to grant access to the apps manually using the quick toggles. Additionally, indicators will now show up inside of the status bar while an app is using the camera or microphone.

There is also a new notification pop-up set for when an app is trying to copy or paste information to or from your clipboard.

The second beta build also adds in a new internet panel, which has replaced the traditional Wi-Fi controls. A single tap on the Internet option would bring up a list of available and nearby Wi-Fi connections, including toggles for mobile data connections. Long pressing it opens the new Internet settings screen.


Android 12 Beta 2 is currently rolling out to the following devices:

Other OEM’s taking part in the Android 12 Beta include OnePlus, Asus, iQOO, Oppo, Realme, TCL, Tecno, Xiaomi and ZTE.

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