Probably this week Google will release the first Android 13 beta and now there is new information about what it could contain: They will rebuild the settings that have not been changed structurally for a long time and merge the two related areas of security and privacy/data protection. This seems only logical with the previously appeared conversion of the quick settings.
Each new Android version not only brings innovations but also changes to existing interfaces. Already a few weeks ago in the Android 13 Developer Preview 2 noticed that the quick settings were combined quite roughly with each other. Thus, the settings for the camera, the microphone, the location and the link to the security settings have moved under one roof. This is exactly what the Settings menu continues.
In Android 13, Google is testing combining the “security” and “privacy” settings into one page called “security & privacy”. It isn’t fully working, though. pic.twitter.com/F7b6AWwSke
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) April 18, 2022
On the screenshot above you can see that the previously separate areas for security and privacy have been merged and thus provide more overview on the settings homepage. According to the description, this includes the settings for permissions, screen lock and app security.
It is certainly not a bad idea to bring this together and perhaps also to rebuild the individual options a bit or combine them with each other. Especially on a device like a smartphone, which works a lot with user data, the intersection between privacy, data protection and security is very large.
The rebuilt area should be visible for the first time with the Android 13 beta, which is likely to be released later this week.