At its annual developer conference – Google I / O 2022 – Google announced the launch of Android 13 Beta 2. Let’s delve into what we know so far, from Google’s official release.
It seems that the second beta version of Android 13 will reflect the work of Google when it comes to improving the quality and performance of the platform, focusing on other key areas such as privacy, security, personalization and tablets.
First we come to personalization.
Remember the stuff you presented earlier? Now the company is taking another step forward by planning to deploy pre-made color options that will apply the color scheme throughout the OS. It will also extend the color themes of app icons beyond Google apps. Starting with Pixel devices, users can enable the “Themed Icons” switch in their settings so that all supported apps also match the phone’s colors in a minimal, modern and uniform way.
If that’s not enough, Android 13 also offers a new media control that adapts its look based on the music users listen to, with album design. It also offers features for multilingual people, as users will now be able to choose different languages for each application.
The company has announced that over the next few weeks it will bring updates to more than 20 Google apps and other third-party apps such as TikTok, Facebook and Zoom. Other goodies, such as HDR video, spatial audio and Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, will also appear on Android 13.
Privacy and security seem to be Google’s key words when it comes to Android 13, and the company’s emphasis on the same can be seen in some of the latest features added to the upcoming OS version.
With iOS-like adoption, users can now have more control over what personal information they choose to share with apps, and more control over what app files they can access. For example, instead of allowing access to “Files and Media”, you can now control access to “Photos and Videos” and “Music and Audio”.
With the new photo selection, you can select the exact photos and videos you want to share, instead of summarizing them all (the entire media library) with the app.
Next, Google will help users interact with programs when it comes to program notifications, giving them more control over which apps they want to receive (and continue to receive) notifications from. Android 13 will witness apps seeking users ’permission to send notifications, as well as reducing the number of apps that require their location, another leaflet possibly removed from the iOS tutorial.
The focus on privacy is increasing as Android 13 is based on an automatic alert that users receive when an app accesses the clipboard. To ensure that apps do not gain access to old copied information, Android 13 automatically deletes user history from the clipboard after a short period of time.
Android 13 will also appear with a new unified security and privacy settings page that will provide a clear, color-based indicator of users ’security status, as well as offer suggestions that will enhance their security.
Tablets are also loved, as Android 13 will give them better multitasking capabilities. This will be made possible by an updated taskbar that can be used to easily switch viewing of one tablet of users to a split screen.
Palm detection will also appear on tablets that will not identify your hand as a pen if you put your hand on the screen.