Google released the second beta of Android 12 today. The first beta, which was launched at Google’s I / O conference in May, gave us a first look at Google’s new “Material You” design system, although many of the promised new features and design tweaks were not part of those first Beta. With this new beta, Google is getting more of it to its testers (you can sign up for the beta Here), including the new privacy dashboard that makes it easier for users to see which apps have recently used a phone’s microphone, camera, and location.
Other new features available in beta include the addition of microphone and camera indicators that show users whether an app is using them, as well as new quick setting switches to disable app access to them. When access is disabled, apps receive blank audio and camera feeds. In this context, Google is also bringing a clipboard read notification to Android, which will show readers when an app is reading from the clipboard.
Also new in Beta 2 is a new Internet panel that makes it easier for you to switch between Internet providers, WLAN networks, etc.
With this release, Google is now just one version away from reaching platform stability in August. As the company notes, now would be a good time for developers to complete their compatibility tests and release compatible versions of their apps, SDKs, and libraries. Given the current monthly release cadence, we’ll likely see a final release of Android 12 in September.
As before, you will need a compatible device to test the beta. Unlike some previous previews, this list includes many non-Google devices, with Sharp joining the beta program today, for example. You can find a full list of supported devices – and how to get started on non-Google devices – Here.