In the more recent versions of iOS, Apple has introduced indicators within iOS to let users know if their microphone or cameras are being accessed. This is useful because if you did not grant an app permission to use your phone’s cameras or microphones, then these indicators will let you know.
Now it seems that Google could be considering a similar move for its Android operating system. In a report from XDA Developers, it appears that leaked screenshots of the upcoming Android 12 update have surfaced and have given us a glimpse as to what we might be able to expect from the update, one of which are similar privacy-related indicators we’ve seen in iOS.
For Android users who are unfamiliar with iOS’s privacy indicators, basically whenever the camera or microphone is in use by an app, there will be a colored dot indicator in the status bar. As you can see in the screenshot above, Google could be looking to implement a similar feature for Android 12.
However, in Android’s case, it seems that Google will be providing users with a bit more context where users can tap on it and it will bring up more information, like the name of the app that’s currently accessing the microphone and camera, or if an app had accessed one of those features recently.