Google is testing new security and privacy menu in Android 13. The novelty is present in the second development version of the operating system and some screenshots show the final result. The new menu will combine security for using the camera, microphone, and location, and it will also be possible to find information about permissions granted to applications. Android 13 official reveal will happen the next month during the Google I/O developers conference. We also expect the company to leave the Developer Preview stage and start the rollout of beta updates for the eligible Pixel smartphones. The official reveal may also serve to confirm which features are coming with Android 13.
The new menu will be dubbed Security and Privacy. It’s the way that Google found to save some space and not pollute Android 13 settings with a bunch of sub-menus. Honestly, it’s a good decision, after all, numerous sub-menus are sometimes confusing.
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As we can see in the above images, through the new menu, users will also be able to check if there is any security update available. Furthermore, it will also bring information about Google Play Protect. According to Mishaal Rahman of Esper.io, the menu is still not fully operational. The new menu will bring options for app security, Find My Device, and security updates. However, there is no option to open directly in the Privacy Dashboard. So, the company may still do some additions in the next few months. He notes that it’s possible that future additions that will bring the Privacy Settings close to the top of the Settings screen. He also expects the new menu to be ready for the first public betas of Android 13.
Meanwhile, companies are struggling to deliver Android 12
Google may even disclose the first open beta in the next few days. According to the company’s roadmap, the rollout may happen any day from now. The most curious fact is that while Google is advancing fast with the Android 13 release, many companies are struggling to deliver Android 12. That is still one of the major issues with the custom skins. Of course, it’s good to have different software to make a smartphone stand in a sea of similar devices. However, fragmentation is still a big problem, as many brands struggle to update their countless smartphones. Meanwhile, some companies like Samsung are surprising their users, promising four major Android upgrades for their devices.
Android 13 is bringing several new quality-of-life improvements including a new feature that kills the unwanted weight. The update will also try to accelerate the adoption of eSIM cards.