At Google’s I/O Developer Conference, the company announcement that it is releasing the second public beta of Android 13 today. The beta includes a number of new features and user controls, as well as privacy and security updates.
With Android 13, Google says it’s giving users more control over the 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 select the exact photos or videos you want to grant an app access to, instead of having to share your entire media library with an 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 have to grant location to apps to enable Wi-Fi scanning.
Although users already receive an alert when an app accesses their clipboard, Android 13 will go beyond and automatically delete your clipboard history after a short period to prevent apps from seeing old copied information. . Google also plans to introduce a new unified security and privacy settings page in Android 13 that provides a clear indicator of your security status while offering suggestions that will improve your security.
Last year, Google introduced the Material You experience, where when you change your wallpaper, the entire Android 12 experience changes to match its colors. With Android 13, Google plans to roll out preset color variants that will apply a color scheme across the entire operating system. The company is also expanding the app icon color theme beyond Google apps. From Pixel devices, users will be able to enable the “Themed Apps” setting to have all supported apps match their phone’s colors. Additionally, Google is introducing a new media control that adapts its appearance based on the music you’re listening to.
Google notes that customization in Android 13 goes beyond aesthetics and also focuses on other areas, such as language preferences. Users will be able to select different languages for each app. The new feature will be useful for multilingual people who use different languages depending on specific situations.
“For example, you can enjoy social media in one language, but do banking in another,” Google said in a statement. blog post. “Android 13 helps you use language as smoothly as you do in real life, so you can select a different language preference for each of your apps in settings.”
When it comes to tablets, Google is relying on the Android 12L update which has optimized the layout for larger screen devices. With Android 13, Google will introduce better multitasking capabilities for tablets through an updated taskbar that can be used to easily switch your single tablet view to a split screen. Google is also adding palm detection, which will prevent triggering unintended actions when your hand rests on the screen. The new feature will be useful for people who use their tablets to write or draw using a stylus.
Finally, Google plans to update more than 20 of its apps to better adapt them to larger screens. Many third-party apps, such as TikTok, Facebook and Zoom, will be revamped for larger screens.
The company says users can find many of these new features today in the second Android 13 beta. Google also said there are more in store for Android 13, such as features that ” are shaping modern standards for audio and video like HDR video, Spatial Audio, and low-power Bluetooth audio.