At the Google I/O Developers Conference, the company announced Today, the company is releasing the second public beta of Android 13. The beta brings a number of new features and user controls, as well as privacy and security updates.
Google says that with Android 13, users have more control over what personal information they share and more granular control over which files apps can access. Instead of allowing access to Files & Media, you can control access to two new categories: Photos & Videos and Music & Audio. The company is also rolling out a new option that lets you choose exactly the photos or videos you want to share with the app, instead of having to share your entire media library with the app.
Google is also looking to give users more control over how they interact with apps and notifications, as apps need to get your permission before sending you notifications in Android 13. The company is also reducing the number of apps that require your location. For example, users will no longer need to provide location to apps to enable Wi-Fi scanning.
While users already get a warning when an app accesses their clipboard, Android 13 will go a step further and automatically delete the clipboard history after a short amount of time so that apps can’t see the old copied information. Google is also planning to introduce a new unified security and privacy settings page in Android 13, which gives a clear indicator of your security status, as well as suggestions to improve your security.
Last year, Google introduced material you an experience where when you change the wallpaper, the entire Android 12 interface changes to match its colors. In Android 13, Google plans to roll out out-of-the-box color options that will apply the color scheme to the entire OS. The company is also expanding the app icon color scheme beyond Google apps. Starting with Pixel devices, users will be able to enable the Theme Apps option to make all supported apps match the colors of their phone. In addition, Google is introducing a new media control that adapts its appearance based on the music you’re listening to.
Google notes that personalization in Android 13 goes beyond aesthetics and also focuses on other areas such as language settings. Users will be able to select different languages for each application. The new feature will be useful for people who are multilingual and use different languages depending on specific situations.
“For example, you can use social networks in one language, but carry out banking transactions in another,” Google said in a statement. Blog Post. “Android 13 helps you use the language as smoothly as you would in real life, so you can choose a different language for each of your apps in settings.”
For tablets, Google is rolling out the Android 12L update, which optimizes the layout for larger-screen devices. With Android 13, Google is going to bring improved multitasking experience to tablets with a redesigned taskbar that can be used to easily switch the view from single tablet to split screen. Google is also adding palm detection, which will prevent unintended actions when your hand is on the screen. The new feature will be useful for people who use their tablets to write or draw with a stylus.
Finally, Google plans to update more than 20 of its apps to better fit larger screens. Many third-party apps like TikTok, Facebook and Zoom will be redesigned for larger screens.
The company says that users can find many of these new features today in the second beta of Android 13. Google also teased that there’s more in Android 13, such as features that “shape modern standards for audio and video, such as HDR video, spatial audio, and Bluetooth Low Energy Audio.”
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