Google today released the second beta of Android 12. The first beta, which launched at Google’s I / O conference in May, gave us the first glimpses of the new “Material You” design system. “from Google, although many of the new features and designs promised the tweaks were not yet part of this first beta. With this new beta, Google is bringing more to its testers (you can sign up for the beta here), including its new privacy dashboard that makes it easier for users to see which apps have recently used the microphone, camera and location of a phone.
Other new features available in the beta are the addition of microphone and camera indicators that tell users if an app is using them, as well as new quick-setting toggles to turn off access to apps. When access is disabled, apps will receive blank audio and camera feeds. In this context, Google is also bringing a clipboard read notification to Android that tells readers when an app is reading from the clipboard.
Another new feature in Beta 2 is a new Internet panel that makes it easier for you to switch between Internet providers, Wi-Fi networks, and more.
With this release, Google is now one release away from reaching platform stability in August. As the company notes, now is the time for developers to complete their compatibility testing and release compatible versions of their apps, SDKs, and libraries. Given the current monthly release cadence, we’ll likely see a final version of Android 12 in September.
As before, you will need a compatible device to try the beta. Unlike some of the previous drafts, this list includes a lot of non-Google devices, with Sharp joining the beta today, for example. You can find a full list of supported devices – and instructions for getting started on devices other than Google – here.