This year’s Google I/O event will take place over two days, from May 11th to May 12th. One of the highlights of today’s event is the official announcement of Android 13 Beta 2. This wraps up key features dating back to Beta 1, including new features that will follow in the future. And this time, quite a surprise. Because in addition to Pixel, some smartphones and tablets from other brands that are partners with Google can also be updated.
Google has released an interesting statistic that Last year, there were at least 3 billion Android devices (active) each month, and about 1 billion newly activated Android devices. The most popular type of computer equipment is … smartphones. Which would probably not be difficult to guess. For that reason, it’s a “hub” to connect to other devices such as smart home devices. smart wearables or even a car
What are some interesting new features in Android 13?
We’ve already seen major design changes in Android 12 with regards to the dynamic color system and themes. With various widgets that Google says “must rethink all over again”, then there is Android 12L in the middle, like an ad-hoc update that has collaborated with Samsung to make work and interfaces It is compatible with devices with large screens. Especially with foldable mobile phones that have become a trend lately. And it’s a form factor that attracts new customers better than traditional mobile phones.
With Android 13, Google has returned to focus on security and privacy once again. It has important features as follows:
1. Separate access to media files by category.
In Android 13, users are giving apps more specific access to media files, instead of giving them a single permission to collect all media files. But most recently, it has been categorized as “photo and video files” and “music and audio files”.
For example, to make it easier to visualize, for example, the Gallery app is for viewing photos and videos. There is no need to access music and audio files. and on the contrary music player app responsible for playing music Giving access to only the music files is enough.
2. Which app will send notifications? Permission is required for the first time.
Originally, we could set It’s true that any app will send or not send notifications, but Google has made it even easier. By requiring each app to always request permissions from the user the first time. It’s an update that looks very useful. Reduce the process and chaos down quite a lot.
3. Reduce unnecessary location permission requests
Google says it is trying to reduce unnecessary app location requests. One of the examples that some friends may encounter is There will be some apps that force us to turn on GPS while scanning Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to certain devices, for example.
4. Added function to delete clipboard text automatically.
When an app accesses the clipboard The system will send notifications to users in real time. There are (at least) two additional improvements. The first is an automatic clipboard deletion feature. Over time, the text, images, or other content copied to the clipboard will disappear by itself. The feature was originally built into Gboard, the built-in keyboard app for Pixel and several other smartphones, but now Google is embedding it into Android 13.
Next up is the Clipboard editor, just like when you take a screenshot on a Pixel, an overlay will appear. Allow content to be edited, deleted, or re-shared to other apps. This feature has been implemented by Google since Beta 1, but was not mentioned at the event.
5. There is a security and privacy check system in the machine.
By the end of the year, Security & Privacy in Settings will receive an overhaul. It’s an extension of the Privacy dashboard in Android 12, incorporating security-related status. And can view historical privacy data longer, from 24 hours to 7 days, clearly categorized into categories. And there will be instructions for users to increase the security of the device, similar to the device care of the Samsung side.
6. App icons can now change color according to the theme.
Themed icons The price is in Beta state for Pixel people to have been offended for a long time since Android 12 has finally been updated to support all apps. Not just Google apps, but also covers all brands without a vest.
In addition, the media controls or music control windows have been redesigned. By bringing the music cover to display in the background that fills the entire area of the card. Reminiscent of Android 10, but blends Material You into it and adds a touch of gimmick by applying wavy animation effects to the time bar. as pictured below
7. Supports language settings separately for each app.
Another feature that Google has been lurking for a long time. Is to allow users to set languages in different apps independently from the system. If you want to use YouTube in one language, Facebook language, there is no problem. The app must support that language, otherwise changing the settings won’t affect it.
8. Prepare to update the app to support the full tablet.
in the past year Many of Google’s actions indicate that the company is turning its attention to devices in the tablet segment. This is something Android users have been complaining about for a long time about being neglected, even though Android 12L has started to improve some of the system’s interface. and elevating the multitasking function to suit the large screen to some extent, but the “app” that is the heart has not been updated accordingly
Google is well aware of this issue. Because otherwise everything has been developed is almost meaningless. Google announced at today’s event that Google apps will pilot an initial makeover for larger screen devices. More than 20 apps in the next. next few weeks And it supports Drag and drop functionality. After that, more apps will follow in the future, including other famous apps such as TikTok, Facebook, Zoom.
The Play Store for tablets will also be updated with a new interface, as well as a separate tablet filter. For filtering apps that are already optimized for large screens.
9. Works better with stylus pens.
and the last one is Improved compatibility with stylus pens. By adding the feature Palm rejection to Android 13. This feature will help the screen to not respond to touches with the palm of the hand that accidentally touches the screen. allowing users to write on the screen more comfortably
It reiterates that Google has set a rough timeline for Android 13, which will release around 3 to 4 beta versions until July, before the full stable version will follow after that.
- 1 What are some interesting new features in Android 13?
- 1.1 1. Separate access to media files by category.
- 1.2 2. Which app will send notifications? Permission is required for the first time.
- 1.3 3. Reduce unnecessary location permission requests
- 1.4 4. Added function to delete clipboard text automatically.
- 1.5 5. There is a security and privacy check system in the machine.
- 1.6 6. App icons can now change color according to the theme.
- 1.7 7. Supports language settings separately for each app.
- 1.8 8. Prepare to update the app to support the full tablet.
- 1.9 9. Works better with stylus pens.