Android 12 will let users make ads dumb


While users will not be able to shun all ads for good, they will certainly be able to make them less intrusive and hence dumb. — 123rf.com

Android 12 is expected to bring a host of new privacy-friendly features to smartphones. The list includes the ability to disable app access to camera and microphone, clipboard access notification and a new Settings dashboard. Now, a new report says that the Android 11 successor will do a lot more than that. It will make ads on Android dumb.

Google Play services give developers access to an advertising ID, which they can use to monetise their apps. It also gives users better control over their data while letting third-party developers monetise their apps using a standard system. It also enables users to reset their identifier or opt-out of personalised ads within Google Play apps.

With Android 12, Google is planning to change that. Google, via an update on its support page, said that it will remove the advertising ID when a user opts out of personalisation using advertising ID in Android Settings.

"Any attempts to access the identifier will receive a string of zeros instead of the identifier. To help developers and ad/analytics service providers with compliance efforts and respect user choice, they will be able to receive notifications for opt-out preferences," Google wrote on its support page.

The company also said that the apps targeting Android 12 will need to declare a Google Play services normal permission in the manifest file.

What all of this means is when Android 12 is rolled out, users who opt-out of having an advertising ID will stop getting personalised ads that are based on their preferences. While users will not be able to shun all ads for good, they will certainly be able to make them less intrusive and hence dumb.

As far as the availability is concerned, Google has said that this feature will be rolled out in phases, which means that not all Android users will get it at once. It will first arrive on Android running on Android 12 devices later this year and expand to apps that support Google Play next year.

"This Google Play services phased rollout will affect apps running on Android 12 devices starting late 2021 and will expand to affect apps running on devices that support Google Play in early 2022. In July, we will provide an alternate solution to support essential use cases such as analytics and fraud prevention," the company added in its post. – Hindustan Times/Tribune News Service

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