On February 11, 2022, Google has released the 1st developer preview for the upcoming Android 13. This is an amazing input that is coming officially from the Android maker and ready to excite as the Android 13 developer preview 1 is the launch journey.
According to Google, Android 13 will continue to focus on privacy and security, the company is also focusing to provide a better development environment for the developers. In addition to this announcement, Google will also bring new updates for Android 12L that help you to take advantage of an optimized user experience on over 250 million large display devices.
Let’s check the latest offering from Android 13 developer preview 1:
Privacy & security are the core and essential part of the Android and Android 13 brings new photo picker, which adds a standard and optimized way for users to share both local and cloud based photos securely.
Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi:
Android 13 also brings NEARBY_WIFI_DEVICES runtime permission (part of the NEARBY_DEVICES permission group) for apps that manage a device’s connection to nearby access points over Wi-Fi.
There are also various developer productivity tools and API that has been added to simplify the process of Android app development with the Android 13 Developer Preview 1.
- Quick Settings Placement
- Themed app icons
- App specific language
- Fast hyphenation
- Programmable shaders
- OpenJDK 11 Updates
Although, these features has a lot to discover but we’ll going to focus on key ones.
Quick settings placement – Quick Settings in the notification shade is a convenient way for users to change settings or take quick actions without leaving the context of an app. Apps that uses custom tiles can now discover and add your the app tile to quick settings with this new API.
Themed app icons:
Android 13 takes the Material You Beyond its initial launch with Android 12. Therefore, Android 13 dymaic color theme will allow you to opt into icons that adopts the tint of their wallpaper and other theme settings.
There’s more you could know about the Android 13 developer preview 1. Read here.
Twitter on Android phones get navigation bar customization feature
Twitter – the powerful social platform now lets Android users customize the app’s navigation bar. So far, the feature was already available to the consumers running their devices on the iOS interface, but, it remained extinct for the Android version.
According to the information, from May onwards, Twitter initiated the testing for the customizable navigation bar feature for Android. Consequently, the custom navigation feature expels the Spaces icon that appears in the middle of the navigation bar.
Further, it allows you to remove unwanted tabs from the display list of the application. As a result, you can either reduce the tabs to two or one or can keep all the tabs on the display panel as default accordingly.
New Feature – Only for Twitter Blue!
A notable point that arises here is that Android users subscribed to the Twitter Blue program will only be able to fetch the new feature. Yes! unfortunately, no such feature is available for the free Twitter app. Hence, to access the thoughtful feature, users need to sign up for the monthly subscription of Twitter Blue for $2.99.
On the flip side, while exploring more of the reports, we found that at some point, individuals using the Twitter platform could still face some consequences. Compared to the free application, Twitter Blue has a lot to offer its users. Yet, it can’t help from every obstacle that blocks the way to the smooth functioning of the app.
Android, this one is for you—Custom Navigation is now available 🎉
— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) June 30, 2022
This gets proven when Twitter declares the inclusion of new information in the banner which activates Spaces at the top of the users’ timeline. Sadly, there is no option to entirely disable the banner feature, neither for the free or Blue application.
On the other hand, the banner will eventually read out the users’ info from the Space. For instance, who’s hosting the Space, sharing a tweet in the Space, and other relevant topics. Let’s see how these new implements will make the app better for the users!
Android 13 Beta 3.3 Rolling Out: Check the changelog
Google started rolling out the latest Android 13 Beta 3.3 on the Pixel devices on the 27th of June 2022. This update comes with fixes for bugs and issues. The beta devices were waiting for this update because there were facing many issues and bugs like overheating, battery drainage, Wi-Fi and connection bugs, etc noted throughout the testing. The build number of this Android 13 beta 3.3 is TBP3.220617.002 and it is available to download for the Pixel devices.
According to the report, on Monday, suddenly the Pixel users got the new update i.e. of Android 13 beta 3.3. This update will improve the performance and stability by applying fixes for WiFi, Bluetooth, connectivity, battery, pixel launcher, installs user interface stability as well as fixes for the kernel.
Below you can check the detailed changelog of the Android 13 Beta 3.3:
- Fixed the Wi-Fi connectivity issue:- On analyzing the reports of some users stating the issues with Wi-Fi connectivity the company has fixed it with the latest update.
- Fixed the issues with BluetoothManagerService:- This update fixed the issues with Bluetooth connectivity and the slow performance of the device.
- Fixed the Connectivity Thermal Power Manager issues:- Some users have reported the issues with Slow UI Furnishing and unresponsiveness in apps and battery problems. This update fixes the issues related to it.
This update also fixes some other bugs and issues such as
- Fixed the Pixel Launcher issue:- This update fixed the issues where the users turned Always show Keyboard Option for the app drawer but the keyboard appears after the app drawer is not in use.
- Fixed the UI crash issue:- This update fixes the issues reported by some users in gesturing back and UI crash.
- Fixed a Kernal Panic issue:- This updated some issues related to lib/list_debug.c that caused a kernel panic for some devices.
Eligible pixel devices can download and install this beta version, by checking for updates.
Hermit spyware is dangerous for Android and iOS: Google
Google has started giving notifications to all Android and iOS global users for the new Hermit spyware attacks in Kazakhstan and Italy. The company states that the new Spyware attack is targeting the people of different countries. The name of this Spyware is Hermit Government Grade Spyware.
According to the latest report, Hermit Government Grade spyware use Government official to target the victims in the different countries and works on several modules. Apart from, Kazakhstan and Italy Hermit spyware is also spotted in Northern Syria. Hermit spyware is targeting iOS as well as Android users and its app for iOS carries six different harmful vulnerabilities two were unknown and were discovered recently.
Lookout and Working:-
Hermit spyware use government official to operate and catch the victim in their traps. the several modules allow it to collect and control different types of victim information or data from the victim’s device such as:-
Calls logs, Photos, Emails, Messages, and Device location and redirect and record the ambient audio and phone calls.
A harmful link is sent to the target user via “TEXT MESSAGE” for downloading the harmful applications from unknown sources. Google stated that it had notified all the infected users of Android and updated the Google Play Protect for other Andriod users which will now stop the harmful app from running in the background.
“Installing the downloaded APK requires the victim to enable installation of applications from unknown sources. Although the applications were never available in Google Play, we have notified the Android users of infected devices and implemented changes in Google Play Protect to protect all users.” wrote Google.
A recent report says that Hermit used the government officials for cutting the mobile data service from the network provider and then said to install the harmful app for restoring the data. Below you can check a screenshot of the app that prompts users to tap on the corresponding apps to fix their current app account-related issues and then begin an unknown background process to install and occupy an important pieces of information as mentioned above.
Source – Google