The initial developer beta of Android 13 was recently released, and it provides intriguing suggestions about where Google will be focused on this year’s major mobile OS update.
Improved theme options and privacy capabilities, as well as a slew of backend upgrades, are among the new features. The preview is intended for developers rather than end consumers.
Android 13 increases the active app icons to include all apps, not just Google’s. The themed icons feature allows app icons to adjust their color tint to match the wallpaper.
Changes have also been made to how Android handles permissions and security. One of the new picture picker’s characteristics is that it allows users to share photographs and videos with a different app without the need to provide access to see all the photos on the device.
There’s also a lot going on internally with the latest developer preview, such as a new WiFi permission that allows apps to identify and connect to WiFi hotspots without requiring location rights, and language preferences that can be specified per-app.