Google released its Android 13 Developer Preview 2 last week. Now, people have started reporting about new features that have made their way onto the beta version. These new features include wallpaper effects, new media controls, and a foreground manager.
The newly redesigned media controls are still housed between quick settings and notifications, along with a larger widget space. The larger space now allows for the title of the track and the description to fit inside it. The media output picker has also been redesigned to suit Android 13’s design language. Google has also added an option for users to pair new devices from the menu itself.
Android 13 also brings new wallpaper effects, which are currently known as Cinematic Wallpapers inside the beta build. This feature allows users to apply effects to their wallpapers. As of now, it is not clear what the effects will be, but one of the effects includes the ability for users to dim their wallpaper while using the device. Some OEMs already come with the same features as Samsung and Xiaomi.
The foreground service Task Manager will be located at the bottom of the Quick Settings and Notifications panel. This will display the currently running apps in the foreground. From there, users will be able to monitor which apps are actively running, as well as the option to stop any of these apps directly from the panel. It will also inform users about apps that have been running continuously for more than 20 hours, and ask them if they want to stop them.
Closing an app using the Foreground Services Task Manager would be similar to swiping up apps from the Recent Apps menu instead of forcing apps to close.
Apart from these, Android 13 will allow users to transfer media to nearby devices with a single tap.
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