The Android 12 Beta 2 is here with the new privacy dashboard and more


Android 12

Three after the first public beta was announced, Google is rolling out the Android 12 Beta 2 to Pixel handsets, bringing with it the new Privacy Dashboard, app indicators, system-wide toggles for the microphone and camera, and a whole lot more.

Already rolling out to the Pixel 3/3XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4/4XL, Pixel 4a/4a 5G, and the Pixel 5, the Android 12 Beta 2 brings the new Privacy Dashboard that was shown off during Google I/O. Giving users a clear view of the data that phone apps are using, the new dashboard will display which apps have accessed the microphone, camera, and location in the previous 24 hours.

There are new mic and camera indicators that show in the status bar to let users know when apps are using the mic and camera on the phone. Beta 2 also adds Quick Setting toggles for the microphone and camera so that users can instantly disable access to them.

Every time an app reads content from your phone’s clipboard, you’ll see a toast appear to let you know. A new internet panel brings a simpler connectivity experience across the Status Bar, Quick Settings, and Settings, letting users switch between internet providers and troubleshoot connectivity issues.

If you haven’t received notification that the second Android 12 Beta is ready to download on your Pixel handset yet, it’s probably worth heading over to Settings to see if you can give Google’s software servers a nudge.


He’s been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries an OPPO Find X2 Pro in his pockets, a Galaxy Tab S5e in his backpack, and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around the world. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he’s an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).




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