After three developer previews, the first Android 12 public beta is available to download today. Google detailed the latest version of its mobile operating system on day one of I/O 2021. And as expected, Android 12 includes a major visual overhaul. Utilizing Google’s new “Material You” design language, the company has redesigned almost every element of Android’s user interface to make it more customizable. When you set a new wallpaper, Android 12 will skin almost every element of the OS, including things like the notification shade and volume controls, to match the dominant and complimentary colors on display. The new user interface will come first to Google Pixel devices.
Google’s second pillar for Android 12 is security and privacy. The update includes a new dashboard that includes a timeline of all permission requests. Like in iOS 14, you’ll also see small indicators at the top of the screen when an app accesses your phone’s camera, microphone or both. However, you can also turn those components off for all apps by toggling them off in redesigned Quick Settings menu.
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