For Pixel users, Google has released the second public beta of Android 12. In a Google I/O event a few weeks ago, the first Android 12 beta was published. In any case, Google has previously exposed the features of Android 12 Beta 1, and now Android 12 Beta 2 adds some additional ones. The build version of Android 12 Beta 2 is SPB2.210513.007. Here you will find information about the new features in Android 12 Beta 2 is now available, featuring improved privacy management as well as download links.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Android release process, Google initially distributes three Developer Previews before releasing four public betas. After then, at Google’s biggest event, which takes place after August, the stable Android is published. So far, the Android 12 procedure has remained the same, and the second Android 12 Public Beta is currently going out to Pixel customers, as expected. The third Android 12 Beta will be released next month.
When it comes to new features, Android 12 Beta 2 has a number of them, including a Privacy Dashboard, Mic & Camera indications, and more. The Android 12 Beta 2 is primarily concerned with privacy management. Let’s take a closer look at Android 12 Beta 2’s features.
Android 12 Beta 2 Features
Privacy Dashboard – It’s a new function, and I’m guessing it’ll be found under Settings. The user experience of the Privacy Dashboard is similar to that of Digital Wellbeing, except it will indicate how many applications are utilizing particular permissions. It makes it simple for users to see which apps are utilizing specific permissions. The functionality also shows you the chronology of when a certain access, such as location, is utilized.
Mic & Camera Indicators – If you have used Android 12 Developer Preview, then you already know of this feature. In Android 12 Beta, it is now available to the public with better management. This feature will show Mic and Camera icons in the status bar if any app is using these permissions. To know which app is using the permission, you can get more information directly from Quick Settings.
Mic and Camera toggles – This feature was also mentioned in the I/O event. And now it is available to users with the Android 12 Beta 2. It is also a part of the privacy feature which lets you disable app access directly from Quick Settings. Yes, both Microphone and Camera toggles are now accessible from Quick Settings.
Clipboard access notifications – Android 12 also comes with this new Privacy feature. This feature will let you know which apps are reading your clipboard. When you copy any text or numbers, it is saved in the clipboard and Android 12 Beta 2 will show which app is accessing the content on the clipboard. You will see a toast at the bottom when any app tries to read the clipboard.
Intuitive connectivity experience – Android 12 now lets you easily manage network connections from Status Bar, Quick Settings, and Settings.
So, these are the major new features in Android 12 Beta 2 for Pixel.
Android 12 Beta 2 Supported Devices:
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
If you already have Android 12 Beta 1 installed on your Pixel phone, you may update to Android 12 Beta 2 through OTA. By navigating to Settings > System > Software Update, you may manually check for the update. If the update isn’t available, you may manually install the OTA zip file on your Pixel phone running Android 12 Beta 1 if the update isn’t available.
If you wish to go from a stable to a beta version of Android, you may use the Android Beta Program or flash the whole Android 12 Beta 2 Factory Image.
Check out our download page for the Android 12 Beta 2 OTA Zip and Factory Images.
Check out this instructions for installing Android 12 Beta 2 on Pixel phones.