Android 13 Already? Why Not.

Most of the phones on the planet still don’t run Android 12, which Google released just two months ago, but that won’t stop us from talking about Android 13. The first details of Google’s next version of Android are already starting to roll in and give us at least a couple of things to look forward to in 2022.

The people of XDA They say that a source with access to an initial version of Android 13 has provided them with these first details showing a change in notifications, lock screen layouts, apps and languages, and the amount of power that apps can. use according to battery.

For notificationsGoogle is apparently working to add a runtime permission for notifications, essentially giving users the option to approve or disapprove an app so it doesn’t send notifications in advance. Like when you are prompted to allow location or access to the camera, Android 13 might treat notifications in a similar way.

This may annoy developers, especially those who love to abuse the Android notification system, but as a user, you must have absolute hope that Google will keep this idea in Android 13 when it launches. We should all have more direct controls over permissions, including notifications. There are few things more annoying than a new game or app that sends you offers and other crap that you definitely didn’t ask for.

For lock screen designsWe’ve heard this before, but apparently Google will give you more personalized options on the first screen of your phone. Right now, at least on Android 12 on Google Phones, Google shows you a large centered clock when you have notifications, but then shrinks the clock to the upper left corner as the notifications come through. For Android 13, they may allow you to tell the system to only forever shows the smallest clock in the upper left which is called “double dial clock”.

That’s cool I guess. I just wish they had stuck with the multiple clock options that Samsung allows.

For languages, Android 13 may allow you to specify per app what language it displays. For example, you could have Chrome display German and then your messaging app display English. That’s … that’s the idea.

And finally, for the applications and the energy they can consume, Google is working on something that is probably incredibly complex called TARE. TARE stands for “Android Resource Economy” and will use some kind of algorithm to decide how much power or battery an app can use in the background, depending on the battery status. It’s called “economy” because the idea basically allows applications to exchange a virtual currency to receive credits that will allow them to schedule the use of resources. I know it sounds a bit silly, but that is the explanation I am trying to convey in basic terms.

There are a lot of things unknown to TARE, so we should all sit back and wait for more details from Google on this.

Android 13 could be in the developer preview form as early as February, if Google follows the Android 12 schedule.

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