On the eve of its Pixel 6 event, Google released Android 12 for Pixel 3 and above. It also launched Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro mobile phones with Tensor, the first chip designed by Google. The new Pixel mobiles also come with enhanced photography, live translation, and a new feature called Quick Tap to Snap, which opens the Snapchat camera when the back of the phone is tapped twice.
- Google also introduced the Pixel Pass that bundles device protection, 200GB Google One subscription, YouTube Premium, Google Play Pass, and the option to upgrade the phone after two years. It is available for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro at $45 and $55 per month, respectively.
- Android 12 comes with a Pixel-first feature called Material You, which lets users personalize the look and feel of their phone.
- New privacy features in Android 12 include displaying on the phone's status bar when an app is using the microphone or camera, the ability to provide apps with approximate location instead of exact location, privacy dashboard, and resetting unused app permissions.
- Separate but related: Developers will now be able to submit the Data safety form for the new Data Safety section in Play Store. Google has recommended that developers review the guidelines before submitting the form. Enforcement on apps without approved forms begins from April 2022.