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Google wants to look like it cares about your privacy with Android 12 Beta 2, but note that's not how Google works


Android 12 Beta 2 is here and contains many of the features that were teased during May's Google I/O shindig including an overhauled control panel and additional privacy tools.

The company's feted Privacy Dashboard has made an appearance: designed to give end users an overview of how apps interact with the more sensitive components on their device, such as the microphone and camera, this tool provides a breakdown of app permissions, as well as the exact times when they are accessed.

On a basic level, Google has designed this with visibility in mind. It could also be used by the privacy and security-conscious to gain insight into how potentially suspect applications work.

Google has also finally added the iOS-like warning lights that appear when an app accesses the camera and microphone, as well as access to revoke those permissions.

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