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The latest Android 13 Developer Preview can now push notification permissions and much more

Android 13 will be here soon. (Source: Google)
Android 13 will be here soon. (Source: Google)
The next major upgrade to Android seems right on track with the release of its second developer-preview version (or DP2). It now provides a system pop-up for users to allow or prevent apps from sending notifications. Android 13 DP2 also seems to pertain to the OS' emerging tablet version, adding new and possibly welcome tweaks to its UI.

Android 13 DP2 has now been released, thereby allowing developers (and, potentially, enthusiasts) to install it on devices such as newer Pixels (from the 4 to the 6 series, as of 2022) in order to test their apps (or UX expectations) against the latest version of the mobile-device OS direct from Google.

The Mountain View giant has yet again chosen to underpin its apparent commitment to user privacy by bringing a new system-wide permission dialog that allows users to change a given app's notification privileges on the fly.

Otherwise, however, a lot of Android 13 DP2's updated seems concerned with the UI and how it looks. This involves making various aspects of the homescreen and its controls look more Material You even compared to Android 12. They include the media controls and external audio device-picker windows.

Then again, there are some more essentially functional new aspects, such as the new user-account switcher right from the lockscreen. Android 13 DP2 also reportedly adds new software features for tablets or foldables, most notably the addition of an app-drawer button in Android 12L's new taskbar.

This new and potentially convenient shortcut is portrayed as off to one side of the bar's button array, but it might conceivably be capable of moving to a central position. Furthermore, 13 DP2 is also now associated with a 'long' (or non-portrait) lockscreen option.

All in all, Android 13's development seems right on track for its post-July 2022 general release. Then again, according to the timeline posted earlier, there may not be that many developer-specific previews left this year.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-03-18 (Update: 2022-03-19)