At Google I/O 2022, the tech giant announced that it has already started releasing the second beta of the Android 13 operating system on multiple Android phones, tablets and foldable devices. The new release comes a few weeks after the initial beta build. The second beta of the world’s most popular mobile operating system brings additional features and security fixes aimed at improving productivity and privacy. Wondering what’s new in Android 13? Here are the 10 most popular features of the upcoming OS.
Users will be able to share personal information in an organized way
With Android 13, Google aims to give you more control over what personal information you share and more detailed control over the files that can be accessed by your apps. Instead of allowing access to “Files and media,” there are two new categories where you can control access: “Photos and videos” and “Music and audio.” For more specificity, a new photo picker allows you to select the exact photos or videos you want to give access to, without having to share your entire media library in one app.
Automatically delete clipboard history
Android 13 goes even further to help you anticipate risks, with timely recommendations and options to improve your privacy. You already receive an alert when an app accesses your clipboard. Now, Android will go ahead and automatically delete your clipboard history after a short time so that apps are preemptively blocked from viewing old copied information.
Increased focus on user security and privacy
Later this year, the company will introduce a integrated Security & Privacy settings page in Android 13 that brings all the privacy of your device’s data and front and center security. It will provide a clear, color-coded indication of your safety status and provide guidance and steps you can take to improve your security.
More customization options to give your phone a ‘different’ look
Last year, Google introduced Material You’s to help phones be tailored to your style and preferences. With Android 13, further customize the look and feel of your phone with pre-made color variants. Once the color scheme is selected, you will see color variants applied throughout the OS to accentuate your wallpaper and style.
Color theme of app icons
Android 13 also extends the color theme of your app icons beyond Google apps. Starting with Pixel devices, you can turn on the “Themed icons” toggle in your settings so that all supported apps also match your phone’s colors in a small, consistent look.
You can use different apps in different languages
Android 13 allows you to choose a different language preference for each of your Settings apps. If you are multilingual, you will likely use different languages depending on the situation and may change how you communicate from one moment to the next. For example, you might enjoy social media in one language, but banking apps in another. The upcoming version of Android will allow you to experience that.
Notification permission requests
If you’re using an app for the first time on an Android smartphone, you may notice permission requests asking for access to the camera, microphone, Bluetooth, call records, contacts and more. With the upcoming version of Android, the apps will also ask for your permission to send you notifications. Even if it’s not as important a feature, it can be helpful for users who don’t want their notification bar full of unnecessary alerts. The feature may be similar to the one seen on Apple smartphones.
More control over information sharing across apps
Android 13 allows app developers to automatically revolve around permissions granted by a user that are no longer needed. For example, if an app needs to access the camera or be contacted once after it’s installed, and it no longer requires access now, Android will automatically downgrade the permissions. However, it is not yet known if Google has ordered developers to include this feature in their apps.
Better Bluetooth connectivity features with Android 13
Android 13 gets support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio. This is the next generation of wireless audio built to replace the Bluetooth classic and enable new use cases and connectivity topologies. It allows users to share and broadcast their audio to friends and family or subscribe to public broadcasts. It is designed to ensure that users receive high fidelity audio without sacrificing battery life.
Media control is also designed
The tech giant has also introduced a new media control that will fit its look based on the music you’re listening to, featuring the album’s artwork. The new design can be seen on the lock screen as well as in the notifications panel.