Android 12: Privacy taken to a whole new level
Finally, Google unveils its finest iteration till date and this new operating system bring significant visual upgrades and more security-focused features that keep you in charge of your privacy.
So now let’s glance at the all new features that Google has to offer from its new Android 12.
1. Changes in visual design
- Google has announced a new Material Design language for Android 12, called Material You, which is a rethink of the whole UI across the operating system. When the user sets a wallpaper, the system determines which colour is dominant and which ones are subtle and which one looks great. It then applies those colours to your entire OS the notification shade, the lock screen, the volume controls, new widgets, and much more. The result is that Android 12 gets more expressive, dynamic, and personal than ever before.
- Everything is so much more unified this time, with a pastel colour scheme that can be customized from a wide variety of options. However, once we have our hands on the beta, we will be able to see just how far these customizations can go across Material You.
- As we have said earlier that this time Android 12 is even more expressive, the shape and size plays a vital role in the UI, the new OS will play with the sizes of the UI elements, if you want to know how this works let us show you an example if is your lock screen clock. The size of the clock will depend upon whether you have notifications on your screen. Without any notifications, you get an enlarged clock widget which looks pretty good.
- The Quick Settings panel aims to be a true control panel on Android 12. For example, Android 12 adds Google Pay and Home Control buttons along with two privacy-focused toggle buttons namely Camera & Microphone Access. These two access buttons can directly revoke system-wide permissions for the two sensitive sensors on your smartphone.
- The power button now brings up Google assistant. So, no more awkward gestures at the bottom to launch the assistant.
- As you might have seen the title, Android 12 has taken privacy to a whole new level, Google has made it a point this year of making sure that privacy is at the center of Android 12. These new features give the users more transparency around which apps are accessing your data, and more controls so you can make informed choices about how much private information your apps can access.
- The Android Private Computer Core is the engine behind Android 12’s privacy features, making sure that the apps and the phone are following the privacy settings enabled by you.
- The major improvement is the new “PRIVACY DASHBOARD” which gives you an overall view of apps using the phone’s location, camera, contacts, and much more. The same dashboard panel will allow you to tweak permission settings for each app, giving you better control over your data.
- Google has even added a new indicator to the top right of your status bar to let the users know when their apps are accessing the microphone or camera. And if you want to remove app access to these sensors for the entire system, they’ve added two new toggles in Quick Settings.
- Google is also giving its users more control over how much information you share with apps. With new approximate location permissions, apps can be limited to seeing just your approximate location instead of a precise one. For example, weather apps don’t need your precise location to offer an accurate forecast.
3. Fast and more efficient
- Since Material You design is all about expression, Android 12 has faster and smoother animations. This was achieved by some under-the-hood improvements including reducing the CPU time needed for core system services by up to 22% and reducing the use of big cores by the system server by up to 15%.”
- The Android 12 Beta is already live on Pixel and a number of other smartphones from brands like Xiaomi, OPPO, OnePlus, ASUS, and Samsung.