Google’s upcoming Android 12 update will enable users to provide ‘approximate’ location when mobile apps request permission.
The new privacy-focused option means that users will have another option besides allowing access to an exact location or not at all.
This is a new feature that recognizes that many of these apps do not need to track the exact location of the user to perform their task. In most cases, unless its app relies on accessing the location for navigation purposes, a hard idea should suffice.
The ability to select the exact or approximate location in Android 12 will be added to existing options that enable users to allow them at all times, when using the app, ask each time or deny altogether.
Google explained that better privacy control is at the heart of its plans for Android 12. The company is adding new granular data collection controls that will allow users to see which apps are collecting which data and when.
If they wish, users will be able to adjust those settings from a new dashboard or turn off access to things like the camera and microphone for all apps from Quick Settings. It is not clear whether a microphone will be added to it.
Google also talked about its personal compute core, which powers Now Playing Tools and Smart Reply suggestions based on your personal style. That sensitive audio and language processing is entirely on the device.
Android 12 is already available in beta for Google Pixel 3 and above, as well as a slim selection of third-party devices such as OnePlus, ASUS, Xiaomi and ZTE. We are hoping that there will be a full launch at the end of this summer for the best Android phones and some worthless phones.