Google announces Android 12 (Go Edition), bringing new privacy features and better performance
Google has taken the wraps off the Android 12 (Go Edition), bringing improvements to privacy features and performance. The new OS will be available on low-cost devices in 2022.
The key improvement that Google is bringing to the Android 12 (Go Edition) is faster app load times. The company says that Go Edition devices will launch apps up to 30% faster with silkier animations compared to previous iterations. And to make sure the increase in performance doesn’t negatively impact the battery life, Android 12 (Go Edition) will put apps into a state of hibernation if they haven’t been used for a while. This will save both battery life and storage.
Additionally, Google is also packing in the new Files Go app with this new Android version. The Files Go app will allow users to recover deleted files within 30 days of deletion. You will also be able to share apps, in addition to files, with other users with Nearby Share. Furthermore, when you open recent apps, the OS will give you the option to live translate on-screen content or listen to the news.
To improve user privacy, Android 12 (Go Edition) will come with the privacy dashboard, a place where you will be able to see which apps are accessing what information. You will also be able to block apps from accessing sensitive data, for instance taking pictures, by revoking permissions. Moreover, a privacy indicator will notify you when an app uses the camera or microphone.
Finally, a Guest Mode, accessible from the lock screen, will also be present. This will allow you to share your phone with other people without worrying about them accessing your private data.