What’s New in Android 13 Developer Preview 2?

Android 13

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Can’t say I blame you for still not installing the Android 13 Developer Preview just yet – this stuff is currently only meant for developers. However, this is the list of everything new in Android 13 Developer Preview 2, so that you know what you’re missing and to better help you decide if it’s time to dive in.

Before we get to the list, you can find all of the build details on Android 13 DP2 at this post, along with instructions on how to get into it.

Alright, here we go. The new stuff!

Notification permission

Android 13 Runtime Notifications

This was rumored previously, but it’s now official – there is a runtime notification permission in Android 13. With apps targeting Android 13, they will need to request notification permission before they can send notifications. For all apps targeting Android 12 or lower, the system is going to handle things, so it’s not like developers can skip out on this lovely new action.

What does this mean? When you install an app and open it, you’ll be asked (see above) to give notification permission to an app. If you “don’t allow,” then you shouldn’t see notifications from it. This is a big win for the user, who often installs something and then gets unwanted notifications that are often ads.

UPDATE: Here’s how the notification permission pop-up looks when an older app has to request again.

13 Notification Permission

Active Apps!

Android 13 Active Apps

In this new DP2 build, the quick settings menu has changed a touch to now bring the power menu and settings buttons to the bottom right corner, but there’s also a new item showing up there that shows the active apps that are running on your device.

On my Pixel 6, it shows I have 1 active app running, which reveals itself to be the Tesla app when I tap on it. I tried to get other apps to show there by opening them, but that must just be showing apps running that are actively running in the background. Either way, if an app shows up there, you can choose to “stop” it from doing so. Kinda neat.

Quick Settings tweaks

If you look at the screenshots in the active apps section above, you’ll see some Quick Settings changes. As I just mentioned, the power menu and settings buttons have moved to the bottom right corner (maybe easier to reach?), but we also have an icon change for the Home shortcut, plus the auto-rotate now describes the current setup. For example, I have it set to auto-rotate based on face orientation, and it says that there.

Do Not Disturb renamed to “Priority Mode”

13 Priority Mode

13 DP2 vs. 12

Leave it to Google to rename a feature that is called the same on every other device in the industry. It appears, at least for now, DND is now called “Priority Mode.” The settings appear to be the same, but some wording has changed here and there.

Display and font size controls together

13 Display Size

Nice little adjustment.

Media player in Quick Settings gets refresh

13 Media Player New

13 DP2 vs. 12

The media player in Quick Settings is getting a new look with album art in the background. Unfortunately, it now only comes in one size, which is quite big. The Android 12 media player had both big and small layouts depending on the expansion of the notification area.

QR scanner shortcut!

13 QR Code

A new Quick Settings tile called “QR code” is here and it lets you quickly fire up a built-in QR code scanner. Ahhh, the revival of the QR code sure has been interesting. Either way, Android 13 is making them easier to deal with.

A big screen saver update is incoming

13 Screen Saver

I’ve never used the screen saver function on an Android phone, but Google appears to be working on some big improvements here. The whole area has been re-done and could mean more features in the future.

Some other new stuff:

  • Android 12L stuff in 13: We basically knew this from the first preview, but Android 13 adopts all of the large screen features from Android 12L. All of the 12L stuff is in AOSP, so developing for Android 13 means your bases are covered on devices that might be running Android 12L.
  • Bluetooth LE Audio: Android 13 has built-in Bluetooth LE Audio support, which will at some point replace Bluetooth classic. LE Audio should mean high fidelity audio without the battery drain you might see right now.
  • MIDI 2.0: Android 13 adds support for the new MIDI 2.0 standard, including the ability to connect MIDI 2.0 hardware through USB.
  • Developer downgradable permissions: If an app changes and no longer needs access to a certain permission, developers can use Android 13’s new API to downgrade previously granted runtime permissions. This is in the name of privacy.

In case you missed it, be sure to check out our post on what was new in Android 13 DP1.

We’ll be updating this post as we find more and get Android 13 DP2 on a device.



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