02 June 2022
Google has officially announced Android 13 Beta 2 at this year's Google I/O. The second public beta is available for eligible Pixel devices as well as phones from many other OEMs. The latest version is packed with a bunch of new features along with personalization and privacy-related improvements.
Android 13 will give users more flexibility regarding what files they want to share with apps. It has now divided file sharing into two categories: Photos & Videos and Music & Audio. This is an improvement over the previous method where if you granted an app permission to access files, it received access to all file types. Another improvement is that while giving access to photos and videos, you can choose to pick individual files instead of all media files.
Apps will need to ask for permission before sending notifications. Android 13 will automatically delete clipboard history after a short time so that other apps cannot read what you copied. There will be a new Security & Privacy dashboard featuring a color-coded indicator to alert you whether you are following all security and safety guidelines or fixes needed to be made.
Google has introduced a few pre-made color variants with Android 13. Once any of these variants is selected, it will get applied everywhere across the operating system. The support for Themed Icons has also been expanded beyond Google apps but the app developer will need to add support for it to work.
The latest Android 13 beta is available for download. Apart from Pixel devices, the beta release is available for Asus, Lenovo, Nokia, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and ZTE. You can visit the beta website to check for particular models and if you happen to have one of those, you can decide to try out the new Android version ahead of the release.