Google announced that it is rolling out the second beta of Android 12 phones to Pixel today. It adds a few more Android 12 features that were announced during Google I / O last month, but were not included in the first beta. But it also has a few newer features, including a new way to manage your internet connection.
In the quick settings, Android 12 now has a new button called “Internet” which replaces the old Wi-Fi button. Tap on it and you will get a screen that will allow you to switch between Wi-Fi networks and also display your current cellular connection (which you can also switch).
According to Google, the idea is to help users “switch between their Internet providers and more easily solve network connectivity problems.” Google’s post asks readers to “Tell us what you think,” a sign that this UX may not be a sure thing. Google introduces and often revisits new user interface ideas during Android betas.
Android 12 also retrieves a “clipboard read notification”, which will appear whenever an app reads the current clipboard. It appears when an app reads the clipboard from something you copied to another app. In other words, it won’t look boring if you copy and paste in the same app. Unlike other notifications, this one will apparently appear from the bottom of the screen. It’s similar to a feature that first came to the iPhone, as more and more people realized that apps were requesting content from the clipboard when they really shouldn’t be.
These are the two new features, but there are a few more that Google announced but didn’t include in the first beta.
Since the initial publication of this story, a few have been revealed that Google itself has not highlighted. As Droid Life notes, the system UI now tries to grab the complementary colors of your wallpaper. It works, but it’s also clearly unfinished – the final workflow for setting the system colors is supposed to include a step where you can customize the colors. Google also seems to be finally ready to commit to keeping the “Quick Tap” feature, which lets you set a custom action when you tap the back of the phone.
For more information, Mishaal Rahman from XDA Developers has a great Twitter feed of all the new features, tweaks, and changes he’s noticed.
One feature that Google has called is Privacy Dashboard, which allows a user to see how often apps ask to use a phone’s microphone, camera, and location. In fact, Apple has just announced a similar dashboard for iOS 15, although it includes a few more data points than Android’s.
Google is also enabling previously announced privacy features related to the microphone and camera. When either is enabled, an indicator is displayed at the top right of the status bar. Android 12 will also now have toggles in the quick settings to disable these sensors.
It’s a neat system. If you turn off the microphone or camera in quick settings, the next time an app tries to access it, the system will ask you if you want to turn them back on. If you decline, the application thought he has access to the camera or the microphone, but all he sees is darkness and all he hears is silence. This is, as I noted in my original Android 12 preview, a ambiance.
With this release, Google is keeping pace with its roadmap to release Android 12 this fall. Expect a few more betas to arrive ahead of the final release. This beta is now available on Pixel phones, and when the latest update is released, it will hit Pixel phones first. When other phones are updated, this remains an open – and upsetting – question. Since this version of Android has the biggest redesign in years, don’t be surprised if other smartphone makers need a little more time to figure out how to apply their own styles to the new design system. Material You ”.
Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET on June 9 to note the new features that have been discovered since we originally published this story.