A focus on privacy, security and individuality
Yesterday, a conference for Google I/O developers started, and the company announced several new products, including the mid-budget Pixel 6a and the Pixel Watch smartwatch. Of course, among the new products was a new iteration of the proprietary mobile operating system – Android 13.
Speaking about the new version of Android, the company said it has continued to improve the quality and performance of the platform, relying on several important areas for users, such as privacy and security, as well as personalization and work on devices with a large display.
Google says that with Android 13, users have more control over what personal data they are willing to share and will be able to more finely control what files apps can access. Instead of allowing full access to Files & Multimedia, you now have the option to choose between two new categories: Photo & Video and Music & Audio. The company is also rolling out a new option to flesh out the photos or videos apps access, instead of sharing its entire media library with the app.
With the arrival of Android 13, users will be able to have more control over how they interact with apps and notifications, as apps must necessarily get permission before sending notifications in Android 13. The company is also reducing the number of programs that require a location. For example, you will no longer need to provide a location to apps to activate Wi-Fi scanning.
Among other things, the new version of the green robot will automatically “clean up” the clipboard history after a short period of time. One of the interesting tools that Android 13 brings with it will be the ability to simply and quickly copy a fragment of text or image on one device and paste it on another. No messages or emails are required.
In Android 13, the company continues to follow the path of unifying the appearance, offering many color options for themes and the ability to adapt the icons of third-party applications to a single color scheme. Useful changes include language settings, where users can assign a specific language to each application.
After the announcement of Android 13, the company released the second beta version of the firmware and it can be installed not only by owners of Pixel backgrounds, starting with Pixel 4, but also by owners of devices of other companies participating in the beta testing program: Asus Zenfone 8, Oppo Find N, Oppo Find X5 Pro, realme GT 2 Pro, OnePlus 10 Pro, Sharp Aquos Sense 6, Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G, Vivo X80 Pro, Xiaomi 12/12 Pro and ZTE Axon 40 Ultra.
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