This week may be filled with news from, but Google also has Android news to share. It’s releasing the second today, and this update brings features , like . It’ll also add kill switches for your microphone and camera, an indicator to show when those sensors are being used, and an updated look for the WiFi network settings.
Privacy Dashboard provides an overview of how sensors like your camera, microphone, and GPS are being used by apps on your device. It shows a chart at the top of how much they were used in the last 24 hours,of all the apps with access to each. You can also get a timeline view of sensor activity and ask why they needed your .
With the new toggles for your camera and microphone in the quick settings shade, Android 12 will offer an easyto kill those sensors for more peace of mind that no one is nefarious listening to your conversations. When these are turned on, Google said apps “will receive the blank camera and audio feeds, and the system handles notifying the user to enable access to the Android 12 will also show a tiny dot in the status bar if these sensors are being used, so you’ll be aware if an app has turned on your mic, for example.
The other updates coming to the secondinclude a tweaked interface that shows your available WiFi networks in a pop-up panel when you long-press the icon in Quick Settings. Before, you’d be taken to a separate page to see available connections, but the new experience lets you stay on the same page, with the pop-up window taking up only the lower two-thirds of the screen.
are getting info from your clipboard. This latest beta will display a notification at the bottom of the screen if an app other than the one from which you’ve copied something is reading that. Significant changes are coming to Google’s mobile OS that isn’t in the public beta yet, including the Material You design that will adapt your system’s color scheme to the you’ve picked. Things like audio-coupled haptic feedback for richer or more immersive experiences are still awaiting developer implementation, too.
But the second public beta of Android 12 does look like itof more functional changes coming, especially on the privacy side. If you’d like to check them out and don’t mind using potentially unstable software, you can enroll in the beta on . Those already registered will get the Beta 2 updates over the . Our editorial team, independent of our parent company, selects all products recommended by Engadget. Some of our stories include affiliate links. We may earn an affiliate commission if you buy something through one of these links.