Android 13 unveiled at Google I/O 2022, has all new features like Google Wallet, RCS Chat and more – Technology News, Firstpost

Unveiling its new line of Pixel devices like the Pixel 7, Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro, Google also showed off the next generation of mobile operating systems that will power these devices at the I/O developer conference – Android 13.

Google has stated that the new operating system is much more focused on privacy, security and personalization, and has a wealth of new applications and features that mirror the same.

Google would like to build its own ecosystem, something that could take over Apple’s ecosystem. The tech giant believes that for that to happen, Android 13 will have to play a vital role in building a more connected space for all Android-based devices. The company revealed that the number of Android phone activations exceeded 1 billion in the past year, with more than 3 billion monthly active Android devices. This, coupled with the fact that a number of popular smartphone manufacturers are promising 4 years of continuous updates, means that Google will now have to support a wide range of devices, as well as tablets. In such a scenario, security, privacy and customizability become a major issue.

We take a look at some of the features that we will see in Android 13.

A revamped Google Wallet

Users can now store digital versions of documents, including debit or credit cards, vaccination records, government-issued documents and even digital car keys, if the car in question uses a sensor-based key. Google Wallet was first introduced in 2011, but never got off the ground. Google now believes that with a wider and better range of support and features, it will be more viable in 2022. For this, Google plans to integrate Google Wallet along with other apps for faster and more seamless transactions.

RCS chat

RCS or Rich Communication Service chat is a system that adds a wide range of features to a standard SMS. Think of it as iMessage or WhatsApp, but controlled through the SMS or chat app. This brings a wide range of features to SMS, including support for photos, Wi-Fi messaging, group messaging, and typing indicators (to let you know when someone is typing). Google is also working on end-to-end encryption for group messages and expects to roll it out by the end of the year. It already provides encryption for one-to-one conversations

Personalization features

Google goes big with customization and personalization. One of the biggest new features is the multi-language support that allows users to use one app in one language and another app in another language. Users must now opt-in for app notifications. This basically means that apps don’t have the permission to show notifications by default and users can only select the apps they want to see notifications from. Until now, users had to turn off notifications from apps they thought were intrusive.

There are also a number of other minor tweaks. For example, apps can now take the color from the theme or wallpaper you have chosen. In addition, the media toolkit now changes its appearance depending on the type of music you are listening to.

Safety features

Google also announced ELS, or Emergency Location Services, which allows emergency responders to easily locate a user after sending an SOS alert. The emergency function that was in Android 12 is now extended to WearOS with Android 13.

Google had also tested and launched an earthquake early warning feature in 25 countries. The tech giant will now launch this feature in other high-risk countries. The way the system works is that it uses a device’s accelerometer to detect if an earthquake is occurring. It then shares the information across the region before shock waves reach other areas.

The final version of Android 13 will be rolled out later this year.

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