Google has officially launched its new operating system, which is Android 13, This Monday, the fifteenth. Even without much news this year, the new version of the system has already started to work on Pixel smartphones, from Google itself, and should reach other manufacturers in 2022 – when it should appear, also on devices in Brazil.
The system was introduced during Google I/O, the company’s biggest event of the year, in May this year, and was a bet on the continuity of the colorful design, which opened in 2021, and on connectivity with various smart devices.
Based on pillars such as privacy, connectivity, and hardware, Android 13 is quieter and less noisy than the previous generation. In 2021, the introduction of a completely different – and colorful – design was one of the biggest changes to the operating system from the start. So, the idea now is to improve on the concepts already introduced by Google.
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Starting with the customization system, Material You, which will remain basically the same, but with an additional level of color for the user. In addition to being able to customize icons and desktops, the tool will also incorporate colors into the look that the cell phone is using. Thus, users can almost completely customize the styles and layout.
With Android 13, Google hopes to solve the size, resolution, and access issues of more than 20 specific tablet apps like YouTube and Google Message. Those using Android 13 will also be able to change languages depending on the app, and be able to configure different languages for each use.
In terms of security, Google has also taken important steps in Android 13. According to the company, group text messages in Messages will have end-to-end encryption, a technology that allows only those who send and receive content to access it. The main messaging apps contain the tool.
In addition, the company wants to draw attention to the digital wallet. The renamed Google Wallet (formerly Google Pay) is gaining security features to make its use more convenient and reliable. The company aims for the wallet to have a little bit of everything: means of payment, car keys, boarding passes, and hotel room cards. The functionality must include some kind of verification and will become available in the months following the release of Android 13.
Also looking at the digital wallet, Google wants to warn users when money is scarce in the app. The wallet’s integration with location applications, such as Google Maps, will be able to refer information and tell the user if the money in the wallet is enough to make the trip, for example. After the mapping plan, the applications will take into account the transportation tickets, fees or other charges that need to be paid to reach the final destination.
The physical security of users has also become an element of the operating system update. Depending on the area the user is in, the system will issue an earthquake alert if any abnormal activity is detected in the area. Through its sensors, the cell phone warns of the degree of earthquake danger and gives instructions on how to proceed in an emergency. According to the company, the tool is already used by about 25 countries and should reach more places soon.
One of Android’s goals in this new version is to make the operating system more integrated with devices other than a smartphone. Google, in this proposal, has provided updates for wearOSfor smartwatches, is in partnerships beyond Samsung, which I’ve worked with in recent years.
The biggest example of this is the brand’s new smart device: the Pixel Watch. Working with Android for watches, the wearable was actually born with repackaged Google Store apps for devices like Spotify, Adidas Running, Deezer and SoundCloud.
But manufacturers already integrating the operating system were not left behind either. The goal is that these brands (Samsung, Fossil Group, Montblanc, and Mobvoi, for example) can receive new apps as soon as an update is available.
However, for the new Galaxy Watch, Google keeps a new one: the company’s voice assistant becomes part of the activities that the company offers on the watch.
Still thinking about different devices, Android 13 wants to make connecting wireless headphones smart. In the new version, devices will be able to recognize a change of pairing between one device and another, without having to manually disconnect.
So, if the user is listening to music through an application on the tablet and wants to go to a call on the phone, the system will recognize the change in hardware usage and automatically direct the headset to the activity. The functionality is similar to what happens on Apple devices like AirPods and iPhone.
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