After the first developer preview of Android 13 (dubbed “Tiramisu, as Google periodically refers to it in its developer documentation) was announced, the second developer preview was released about a month later. This doesn’t come as a surprise as android development runs on a monthly cadence these days.
These previews often have a lot of bugs and are intended for developers, therefore, there is no over-the-air installation option, just like with the first preview, but if you installed the first preview, the second will come as an over-the-air update. Google has released system images for the Android Emulator, Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro.
While the initial beta gave a taste of the Android 13 user experience, today’s update focused mostly on developer features.
Users will note that applications will now have to seek permission to show you notifications, which is the only exception here. While Google has shed light on this today, it was known that it would be part of Android 13 for a while). Apps must now ask you if they may send notifications, just as with other permissions, but this is an opt-in procedure. If you’ve ever downloaded an app and then received a slew of alerts, you’ll appreciate this. Developers, on the other hand, must ensure that consumers have a lot of power and context for them to opt-in.
When it comes to permissions, developers may now lower permissions in their apps if they are no longer required. A new API in Android 13 will make it simple for them to do so. The latest version of the operating system will also have a new feature that prevents apps from receiving messages from other apps unless the developer specifically requests it.