Android 13 has been touted as one of the most interesting evolutions of this platform in recent years, now with a particular focus on user privacy and security.
A year ago, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of changes and improvements the folks at Google packed into Android 12.
At that time, the mobile operating system focused mainly on interface improvements with the intention of making everything much simpler and more agile in accessing it.
And now, with this new version, the point of obsession would be the security and the protection of the privacy of the users, mainly protecting them from the applications that they download.
Android 13 now takes care of you even with the apps you choose
Android 13 beta 3 has just been released and with it many improvements have been implemented regarding its new permissions and notifications system.
In the past, when downloading an app, it asked the user to access the device, but it was never detailed what information they would see specifically or in what order. It only described general areas where it would take data, such as storage, location, and camera captures if the app required its use.
This opened up the possibility for developers to create, for example, music player apps which, by having permissions to access storage, could even collect metadata about photos captured or saved on the phone.
Now, with Android 13, that would be over, as the mobile OS would take an evolutionary step to now specifically notify files that the app might sniff when granting access permissions.
With this, users would now know precisely the scope of app interference and could decide with greater awareness whether to grant permissions or not.
However, the reality is that it wouldn’t work the same for everyone. Esper.io’s Mishaal Rahman posted a series of tweets on his official account to reveal an important detail.
Older apps may not really be able to segment the details of the information they collect to such a specific degree.
Thus, Android 13 will notify users of this situation when they try to configure an application that is too old. Warning of potential dangers and practically advising the user not to take any risks.
It’s a welcome move that will pose a significant challenge for developers who have blocked their own apps for too long.
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