This move worried even big gamers like Facebook because they feared that most users would automatically deny permissions when given the choice of passive online tracking. And without tracking, advertising companies would see a huge drop in sales. Not to forget Google didn’t directly support or disapprove of the move Apple made, it took its own sweet time updating Google Suite apps.
With the introduction of the latest Android 12, Google believes it is right to follow Apple as more users are now concerned about online privacy. At the keynote at the Google I / O 2021 developer conference, Google had a lot to talk about how seriously it takes Android users’ online data protection. After Apple released a number of privacy-focused features, Google launched the new features Android 12 also offers similar functions. Here are four new privacy features that Google is offering for Android 12 that are similar to those used by iPhone users.
Camera and microphone display
If you’re using an Android 12 smartphone, a green light with camera and microphone icons will appear in the top right of your status bar whenever an app accesses the camera. Usually this is obviously visible when you turn the camera on to click on a photo. However, when an Android app tries to secretly access the camera or microphone, this feature is designed to alert users. A similar function is available on iPhones with the latest version of iOS 14, where the camera and microphone displays are available in green and yellow respectively.
Approximate location versus exact location
With Android 12, Google is giving more control over how much location information you want to share with apps. There is a new setting for “approximate location permissions”. Apps can limit themselves to just showing your approximate location instead of an exact location. Why is that important? Not all apps always require your exact location. For example, weather apps don’t need your exact location to provide an accurate forecast.
Notify you when an app accesses your clipboard
Google is borrowing another feature from iOS 14 that will notify you whenever an app hits the clipboard. When Apple released this feature earlier, many apps ran into trouble, such as TikTok, LinkedIn, Call of Duty Mobile, Accuweather, AliExpress, Google news, Reddit among others. Soon these developers fixed the problem as clipboard access is not always normal.
Why is this feature important? Clipboard data can contain sensitive information such as passwords, addresses, messages, or anything you copy.
Make data protection easy
Android 12 comes with a new one Privacy dashboard This provides a single overview of your permission settings as well as which data is accessed, how often and with which apps. You can also revoke app permissions directly from the dashboard. Instead of looking for privacy settings, you now have a dashboard view of all the apps on your phone.
These features make it difficult for malware or other deceptive apps to stealthily collect personal information, which makes the Android 12 phone more secure.