What you need to know
- At Google I/O 2022, Android 13 Beta 2 was introduced offering more features.
- These features include more widespread use of Material You theming options.
- Google is also integrating new improvements for tablets and large-screened devices.
Google had plenty to share during its I/O 2022 Keynote, and that of course includes the world of Android. Unlike last year’s Android 12 announcement, there aren’t nearly as many drastic additions coming to Android 13. However, there are quite a few impressive changes that aim to improve your experience across the best Android phones and tablets.
As we expected, Google took some time to focus on security and privacy settings. With Android 13 Beta 2, we’re getting an all-new photo picker, providing more controls over the files that can be accessed by different apps. There are also new categories for “Files and media,” “Photos & videos,” and “Music & audio.” This photo picker allows you to select specific files to share with different apps, as opposed to an “all-or-nothing” approach.
With the current version of Android 13, Google noted how you will need to regularly provide notification access to different apps. This is being expanded in Beta 2, with location permission requirements being reduced for various apps. Keeping with the security trend, your phone will automatically clear the clipboard history after a “short period,” preventing other apps from seeing information that it doesn’t need.
Android 13 Beta 2 also provides a slightly-tweaked interface for the Security & privacy section on your Android phone. The goal of this is to provide better color-coding for areas that need some attention, along with providing steps to keep your phone and information more secure.
When the first Android 13 beta was released, we noticed that changes to the Material You color palette had been updated with more options. As it turns out, this is getting expanded even further, as those various color accents will appear in more Google apps.