Although the first devices with Android 12 are just beginning to hit the market, the big G wastes no time and has been working on it for several months. the successor to the latest version of your operating system.
At the beginning of February, the Developer Preview 1 of Android 13 was released, which allowed us to know the first details of this new version of Android. Well the time has come continue to discover all that Android 13 will bring new. Google has launched the Developer Preview 2 and here we tell you all about it.
The 18 new features of Android 13 Developer Preview 2
As usual, Google gives us small previews through the Developer Preview of what will be the new version of its operating system. These beta versions are released for developers around the world to test new features, changes and functions which are tested to improve Android.
In the first Android 13 developer preview, we saw how Google continues to improve its new design language (Material You) that debuted in Android 12 and adding improved privacy and accessibility. Now let’s see what’s new in Developer Preview 2.
New task manager, emoji format, functions and tools
Android 13 will offer a better control of apps and services running on mobile. In addition, it comes with new and very practical functions for the daily use of the phone and some emojis that you surely do not want to miss:
- Task manager in the notification panel: At the bottom of this panel, a manager has been added where you can see the applications that are active in the background. It is even possible to use this manager to stop the execution of these applications from the notification panel.
- Improved magnifying glass function: the “zoom in” feature in Android’s accessibility menu only allowed zooming in on a certain part of the screen. Now it has been enhanced so that you can write and perform other basic actions inside the magnifying glass.
- New vibration mode: A very useful vibration mode has been found in many Android custom ROMs. This is an alert that first vibrates, then gradually starts ringing louder and louder. Now, with Android 13, this vibration mode will come natively.
- Search bar improvements: the search in the configuration and adjustment section will be more complete. Search results and similar results that may be of interest to the user will now be displayed.
- New emoji format: Android 13 Developer Preview 2 updates a new font for emojis. This is the COLRv1 format, a font that allows emojis to be reproduced more clearly regardless of their size.
The Android configuration menu is undoubtedly one of the aspects that will be modified the most in this new version Google operating system:
- Renewed menu to configure icon size and font: In previous versions of Android there were different menus to modify certain aesthetic details of the interface. Now a new menu has been added in which all interface settings coexist, such as screen size, icons, font, text contrast, among others.
- New screen saver menu: Screen saver is one of the least used features by Android users. Google wants to change this and for this it has redesigned the menu of this function by making it more accessible and attractive.
- Parameter to change the language of a specific application: Android 13 will add a settings menu that lets you set a particular language for a certain app. For example, you can have all your mobiles in Spanish, but use the WhatsApp application in English.
- Application menu without icons: In the app settings menu, the icons that accompanied each app in the list have been removed. It is unknown if this will be part of the final version of Android 13.
- New section to configure mobile users: You can now have different users on your Android mobile. You will manage them from a new user menu where you can set the user name and add a profile picture.
Notification tweaks and new names for familiar features
It couldn’t be a new version of Android if they didn’t modify notice-style. This has always been one of the changes brought about by OS updates, although it looks like it won’t be the only thing that will change:
- Shortcuts for granting notification permissions: With Android 13, when you install an app and it wants to send a notification, a popup appears immediately where you can deny or allow the app to send notifications.
- Redesigned music player notifications: The new style of music notification brought by Android 12 has been slightly improved, keeping what you loved so much in this new feature.
- Do Not Disturb will be renamed: the do not disturb mode that was introduced in Android 5 has not been changed, it has just been renamed “priority mode”.
- Android Tiramisu will no longer be called: in this second Developer Preview the name of Android Tiramisu has disappeared. At the moment, this version is only identified as Android 13 in the configuration.
What’s New for Screen Recording, QR Reader and Compatibility Improvements
Google has added new features that users will love, but it hasn’t forgotten to add features that developers will appreciate:
- New function to record screen: Although this function has been in the operating system for several years, the ability to display on-screen touches made while recording has now been added.
- Enhanced QR Code Reader: An inbuilt QR reader has been added to the notification panel which is also very easy to use.
- Compatibility with new audio technology: Android 13 supports Bluetooth LE Audio, a new wireless audio technology. In addition, it comes with compatibility for the MIDI 2.0 standard via USB.
- Improvements for non-Latin scripts: For non-Latin languages, Android will adapt the height of paragraphs to avoid writing breaks. In addition, Android 13 comes with an API that automatically converts text from Chinese or Japanese language into the different alphabets of this type of writing (for example, from Hiragana to Kanji), to facilitate content search.
How to install Android 13 Developer Preview 2?
This is Android 13 beta It can only be officially installed on all versions of Google Pixel 4, 5 and 6. And, if you have one of these mobiles and want to try all the novelties of this new beta version, we invite you to take a look at this article on how to install the Android 13 Developer Preview.