Google has released the first developer beta of its future mobile operating system Android 13. Sneak peek at the new features of the Android 12 Successor by upgrading. To name a few, the list includes new language controls, improved themes, and improved privacy features.
Google’s Android 13 has many improvements. However, the interface gets a lot of attention. Android 12 is mostly focused on the Material U theme, but with Android 13, Google is taking customization to the next level.
Better App Themes And Privacy Inline
Dynamic app icons are now available for all apps, not just the Google Apps. The theme icons feature allows app icons to pick a color that matches the backdrop, but it also supports monochromatic app icons.
Google is also focusing on privacy and with Android 13, it is taking a page from the Apple Playbook. In Android 13, users will be able to choose the authority they want to give the app, among other things, in terms of access to the gallery app. The new photo picker allows users to grant the app access to the entire gallery or selected photos during the process.
This photo picker feature is available in Apple iOS 15 and allows you to configure permissions for specific apps. However, Google does not want to limit this functionality to Android 13 and instead wants to make it available to all phones running Android 11 and higher versions in the future.
Android 13 Developer Previews
Google has also highlighted some Android 13 under-the-hood edits. For example, Wi-Fi permission has been updated to allow apps to find and connect to Wi-Fi hotspots without having to locate the phone. The enhanced language options of the next Android version allow users to specify a language based on each app, with one app using English and another using Hindi.
Google is also working to change the way OS upgrades are currently distributed. The project, which focuses on delivering upgrades through Google Play rather than through operating system updates, will continue to invest in Mainline. The Android 13 Developer Preview is advised not to be installed by regular Android users, as it is intended for developers and testers. It’s compatible with the Pixel 4, Pixel 5, and the Pixel 6 smartphones and tablets.
Google expects to offer more developer previews in February and March, but the beta will follow in April. The stable release of Android 13 is expected in June or July, with the official release coming a year later.