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Android 12 is slated as having the most downloaded and installed beta in the OS' history

Android 12 is popular already. (Source: Android)
Android 12 is popular already. (Source: Android)
The next major upgrade to Android, simply known as 12, has started on its path to a final form with the launch of its second beta. The vice-president (VP) of engineering at the OS' team has released an interesting statistic to go with this new milestone: its immediate predecessors apparently attracted the most downloads and installs of any pre-stable Android version in its history.

The VP of engineering at Android, Dave Burke, describes this OS' most up-to-date version (12) as a source of "better tools to build delightful experiences for people on phones, laptops, tablets, wearables, TVs, and cars". The executive has made these comments while introducing this version's second official beta.

This technically pre-release update introduces Privacy Dashboard, Android's latest tweak directed at enhancing control for users over their data and how it is handled on their phones, to the public betas. This involves new toggles for microphones and cameras in Quick Settings, as well as new status bar icons that show when these components are being used.

Burke also announced that Android's 12 betas to date have been the most installed or downloaded to date throughout the OS' history. This impressive achievement may be related to the increased access to the same enjoyed by OEMs these days.

Approximately 25 different phones, from companies such as OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Xiaomi, Asus and iQOO, had builds during the Beta 1 phase. Beta 2, on the other hand, is available for Pixel phones (of the 3 series or newer) at present.

Alternatively, those who own the AQUOS sense5G may be glad to know Sharp has prepared the phone's version of this latest update already.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06-11 (Update: 2021-06-11)