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Android 12 Beta 2: Game-changing features toggle ON

Today Google revealed the newest build for Android in Android 12 Beta 2. This operating system update is available for the latest Google Pixel phones as well as a variety of 3rd-party partner devices before the final full version is released later this year. Android 12 Beta 2 adds some interesting features, like microphone and camera indicators, microphone and camera toggles, clipboard read notifications, and a brand new “Internet Panel.” There’s also a newly-empowered Privacy Dashboard.

Mic and Camera

Android 12 Beta 2 works with new toggles for both Microphone and Camera access. This should be very, very interesting to see in play, as this is the first time Google’s given direct and simple access to overarching camera and microphone access.

With these toggles, you’ll effectively have the ability to virtually cover your camera and block your microphones. Apps will see a blank camera and silent microphone until you flip the switches back to ON.

Android 12 Beta 2 also adds microphone and camera indicators. In your status bar in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, you’ll see microphone and camera icons appear if they’re being accessed at any given time. Quick Settings will give users access to information on which apps are accessing camera and/or microphone data on-demand.

Internet Panel

The “Internet Panel” is effectively the list of Wi-fi connections the device has available along with a toggle for mobile data. In Android 12 Beta 2, it’ll say “Internet” as well as “tap a network to connect.” This panel will appear VIA the Internet button in Quick Settings.

The Internet Panel is a good example of places where Google’s aimed to make the entire “connectivity experience” easier to access and simpler to understand. The “Internet” button should appear in the upper left-hand corner of an Android 12 device once the notification panel is pulled down, at the head of the Quick Settings collection.

Privacy Dashboard

The Privacy Dashboard can be accessed in Settings. With this dashboard, users are able to access a “simple and clear timeline view” of all the points at which items like microphone, camera, and location were accessed over the past 24 hours. With this system, it’ll become a lot more clear how much certain apps are taking advantage of the amount of attention users give to app access to user data: very, very little.

Clipboard Toast

There’s a new “clipboard read” notification in Android 12 Beta 2 that appears whenever an app reads from a user’s clipboard. Android 12 Beta 2 won’t show the toast every single time – it won’t appear if the clipboard was copied from the same app that’s requesting the data in said clipboard. Can’t wait to see the custom mod that changes the toast into Mortal Kombat’s own TOASTY!

To access Android 12 Beta 2, take a peek at our feature Android 12 Beta 2 released: Here’s how to get it! This software should be available to all the same devices that had access to Android 12 Beta 1 – go for it!

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Ryzen 4000 Review: AMD’s 7nm Ryzen 9 offers game-changing performance for laptops

When AMD introduced its Ryzen 4000 mobile CPUs at CES, the company made bold claims of game-changing performance. Coming off of years of underwhelming laptop chips, AMD promised it had optimized Ryzen 4000 for mobile computing.

Now we’ve tested those claims in AMD’s Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, which AMD announced March 16. It’s a 7nm, 8-core/16-thread chip with a base clock of 3GHz and a boost clock of 4.3GHz. It also offers 8 Radeon Vega cores. The ‘H’ means it’s intended for power users, and the ‘S’ means it’s for “slim”-profile laptops. We’re stunned at the CPU’s impressive tour de force that defeats just about every Intel 8th- and 9th-gen laptop CPU we’ve ever seen.

Our testbed is the amazing Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 ($1,450 at, a 14-inch laptop which also offers Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD. AMD promises about 100 more partner products in the near future. Keep reading to learn how this chip brings AMD back into the mobile game—and why Intel should be worried.

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The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 features AMD’s new 8-core Ryzen 9 4000HS, as well as a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU, in a mere 3.5-pound package.

How we tested

AMD’s Zen 2 core performance has been well-tested in desktops. The new element here is how performance will be affected by the limited thermals, power, and acoustics of the typical laptop.

Testing a mobile CPU is not at all like testing a desktop CPU. In a desktop, the reviewer can control what GPU, what SSD, what RAM, and what cooling is used, and test apples to apples or darn close to it.

Every laptop, on the other hand, is a custom-built platform. The closest anyone can get to apples-to-apples testing is on that rare occasion when the vendor offers two different CPUs in the same rig. For instance, we compared Intel vs. AMD CPUs in Acer’s Predator Helios 500, the sibling laptops being nearly identical otherwise.

When you test a laptop CPU, what little you can control are comparable size and weight. Larger and heavier laptops can typically offer more space for cooling and power. It’s not fair to compare it to a thin-and-light laptop, which will face more challenges with ventilation and likely throttle performance to keep things cooler. 

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Asus AniMe Matrix version of the ROG Zephyrus G14 features a thousand LEDs on its lid that can scroll logos or even display GIFS.

For the most part we tested the Ryzen 9 4900HS in the laptop’s “turbo” setting, which is one click up from its default “performance” setting. For all of the other laptops, we selected the performance results, but did not include any actual overclocked scores for those laptops. While it’s true that the performance of a low-power, superlight gaming laptop won’t be all we can see from the chip, this is largely what AMD intended, as the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the launch laptop for Ryzen 4000. 

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