Skip to main content

Android 13 releases third beta with hidden features for the stuff you do most

Google has released its third public beta for Android 13 as development for the upcoming OS cruises along.

Android 13 Beta 3 is a momentous occasion as the mobile OS reaches Platform Stability, meaning all of its system behaviors and APIs are being finalized. All that remains is for Google to iron out any remaining bugs and for developers to put the finishing touches to their apps in time for launch.

Final testing

Google has reassured developers they can finish up their apps with the knowledge that Android 13 won’t be changing and recommends that they start their final tests. The Android 13 launch date still hasn’t been revealed yet, but according to Google’s graphic, the new OS is slated to launch some time after July of this year. Obviously, that’s still rather vague.

On the surface, Android 13 Beta 3 updates appear to be aimed at developers. There are new types of permissions that developers may run into while testing that they’ll have to support in their apps. These changes include new permissions for sending notifications from an app and accessing body sensors. 

The last Beta 3 addition, at least according to Google, is testing support for tablets and large screens.

It appears, though, that Google left more than a few things out. Android Sr. Technical Editor for Esperdev Mishaal Rahman dug through Beta 3 and found several new features that Google neglected to reveal.

Hidden features

According to Rahman, the new notification settings appear as soon as your Android phone finishes installing the beta. The OS will give you a list of your recently used apps where you can toggle on or off notifications. Pixel Launcher will now show web results alongside your apps on the home screen. If the results are too intrusive, you’re able to turn them off.

Speaking of search results, new app shortcuts will appear in Google Search. For example, Rahman showed how when he searches for the word “taco,” the results include information pertaining to “taco” but also the ability to search for that word on YouTube, Maps, and the Play Store.

There are also changes pertaining to the user interface. The gesture pill stands out more, colors are brighter in the Vibrant theme, and the game dashboard is gone now, according to Rahman.

Compared to its predecessor, Android 13 seems to be coming along well. You can download Beta 3 from the Android Developer blog. The page will have a list of all eligible devices. If your phone brand isn’t listed, you’ll have to wait for the full public release. 

While you wait, we recommend checking out TechRadar’s Android 13 coverage and see what the mobile OS has to offer.

Source: TechRadar

Popular posts from this blog

How to get the Microsoft experience on a Chromebook

Microsoft's dedication to Android translates to a great Chrome OS experience, too. Once upon a time, to get the best experience for Microsoft services, you needed to buy a Windows laptop . If you were on a budget laptop with lower specs, though, performance was slow, all tasks were tedious, and your productivity suffered. These days, though, the best Chromebooks offer excellent performance and less maintenance at lower price points. Thanks to the way Microsoft has worked to improve Microsoft apps and services across all platforms — from Macs to Android tablets to phones — you can still get most of the Microsoft goodies on a Chromebook. In fact, if you're on a tight computer budget, a Chromebook could be the best machine for Microsoft users — something even Microsoft acknowledges as it preps Windows 10X to better compete with Chrome OS. From productivity to playing games, here's how to get the best Microsoft experience on a Chromebook. Best of Microsoft on Chromeb

FCC approves broadband 'nutrition labels' to help you shop for internet

The FCC is pushing nutrition labels for internet providers. What you need to know The FCC has voted to move forward with new rules for ISPs to display nutrition labels. The proposed rulemaking would mandate ISPs to display relevant speed and pricing information to consumers. This should make it easier for consumers to make an informed decision on their broadband. The FCC voted unanimously on a plan that would allow consumers to make better decisions about their broadband internet. The proposal will require internet service providers (ISPs) - including many of the best wireless carriers in the U.S. — to display "nutrition labels" that display relevant service information for consumers at point-of-sale. This includes internet speeds, allowances, and clear information on rates. "If you walk into any grocery store and pull boxes of cereal from the shelves, you can easily compare calories and carbohydrates," FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel said in a statemen

Follow these steps to connect a Pro Controller to your Android phone

Playing games on your smartphone is one of the best ways to entertain yourself. However, it can be tough to play with some games when you're just tapping on a screen. Fortunately, it's possible to sync up a traditional controller. That's where it's nice to connect your Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and get playing on the best gaming phones . By the way, the Playstation 4 controller as well as the Xbox One controller are also compatible with Android devices, if you'd prefer to use one of those. Note: You will only be able to use a Pro Controller if your phone is running Android 10 and if the game you're playing supports controllers. Additionally, the process for syncing the controller with your phone will be different from one phone to the next. How to use Switch controller on Android: Sync Pro Controller to your phone via Bluetooth Do keep in mind that some Android games — including some of the most popular titles like Genshin Impact — don't act

Duke Nukem is getting a movie from some guys who could actually pull it off

The one true Duke. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have no idea who Duke Nukem even is — that’s how hard the classic video game franchise cratered a decade ago. Today, the character is mostly known as a punchline for video game vaporware jokes, about how Duke Nukem Forever spent 14 years in development hell only to become a huge flop. And yet for years now, Duke’s corporate owners have been whispering that a movie is coming, culminating in The Hollywood Reporter ’s story today : Legendary Entertainment has tapped Cobra Kai creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to actually produce a feature film. I don’t quite know how to react! As a gamer who actually quite liked Duke Nukem , Duke Nukem II and Duke Nukem 3D, I absolutely agree that this movie should never be made because Duke Nukem has no depth and no story and was always designed to be a caricature . (Side note: the famous quote about coming to kick ass and chew bubblegum and being all out of gum? Like most