Android 13 enters beta 2, here are all the new features
Android 13 is fast approaching our smartphones, as evidenced by the launch of a second beta open to the public.
Shortly after the availability of beta 1, Android 13 offers itself a beta 2 on the occasion of the Google I/O, during which the Mountain View firm presented the novelties introduced by this version.
As expected, the update brings new interface customization options. The Monet theme, which automatically adapts to the chosen wallpaper, is enriched with filters allowing, among other things, to play on color, saturation and contrast.
In addition, third-party applications can finally take advantage of this dynamic theme and the customization possibilities regarding the icons of applications (even third-party) are multiplying, they evolve according to the selected theme.
Still relative to the UI, the media player gets a new look: the progress bar undulates for the part that has already been listened to and the album cover invites itself in the background.
Google does not forget about privacy options. Applications will now have to ask for permission to send notifications. They will also have to request an authorization to access each type of media (photo, video, audio) independently, whereas until now there was only a single authorization grouping the three media. Apps will also be less likely to access location. In addition, the clipboard history is deleted automatically on a regular basis.
A function to choose a language for each application individually has been integrated, and several Google services have benefited from some interesting additions: end-to-end encryption of group conversations with Messages via RCS, Google Wallet that allows you to save identity documents (in the United States for now)…
Finally, Android 13 opens up fast pairing to more models of audio headsets and headphones. The change of source will also be better managed, while Bluetooth LE support and spatial audio are on the way.