Android 12L is currently in the beta phase, as it aims to optimize the user experience for larger devices such as tablets and folding devices. Meanwhile, Android 13 “Tiramisu” is getting its first look as XDA Developers reveals screenshots of an initial version of Android 13. The outlet confirms that it trusts the screenshots it provides in its report.
The first function is codenamed “Panlingual” and it means that instead of setting one language to apply universally to all applications and menus, users could set one universal language for the user interface and menus, but then set languages for applications on a base -app. This would offer multilingual users more options within the “Languages and input” menu which can also be accessed through the “Application Information” screen.
Below is evidence within Android 13 that suggests that notifications could become a subscription feature in the future. This means that applications will no longer be able to spam users with notifications without their consent. As you can see from the screenshots below, “Notifications” appears as a permission that can be denied or allowed, and that permission might even be revoked after a period of time.
By default, any application installed on Android will send notifications at will. Although there are notification settings to prevent this from happening, not all users are aware of them. If a user installs the Taco Bell app, Android 13 can ask the user if they want to receive alerts about nighttime cravings (when we are most vulnerable).
There is also a new design for the lock screen clock. With Android 12, the clock changed to a “two-line” design that changes to a single line when a notification appears. With Android 13, you’ll be able to turn off the two-line clock design entirely.
Note that these are very early versions of Android 13 and that the final list of features may change even before the developer previews start to arrive, which usually happens shortly after Google I / O (usually somewhere May time).