Mar 24, 2021 News
According to reports, Google has been stepping up its efforts to improve the privacy and security of Android devices and plans to provide more features for the upcoming Android 12 update. Now, some new privacy features of Android 12 have been leaked. This feature will tell users whether an application has the right to use the camera or microphone, helping them determine whether an application is monitoring them.
The above features have been implemented on the iPhone and iPad because Apple introduced them in the iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 updates last year. Obviously, Apple's efforts to provide better privacy and security features for the iPhone forced Google to follow suit.
There is an orange or green indicator light on the iPhone's top to show whether unauthorized applications are using the camera or microphone. This is a clever visual aid. Google will similarly implement this feature, including color selection and location. According to developer kdrag0n, this feature is 'more complete' than the hidden implementation in Android 11.
According to reports, later this spring, the first public beta of Android 12 will be launched, and the above features are expected to be available to more users. It is not confirmed whether Google will include it in the final version of Android 12 that should be launched at the end of the summer. It should be noted that, in terms of privacy and security, Google may seek to be equivalent to iOS features, but these privacy features will directly affect its advertising revenue. Therefore, Google may develop a milder version of the anti-tracking feature on Android.