Among the innovations introduced by the Google developer team with Android 13, there is also the redesigned system for managing multimedia controls, which you can try today with Google Podcast and Google Chrome.
These two applications, in fact, are currently the only ones that allow users to enjoy the new multimedia controls of Android 13, which is not possible on other very popular apps, such as YouTube Music or Spotify.
A preview of a novelty of Android 13
Google Podcast and Google Chrome, on the other hand, provide users with a complete experience and this means that the button to start playback or pause it appears on the right side of the player.
For the play button, the developers have chosen a circle while for the pause button a square with rounded corners. At the bottom is the progress bar, which can count on the left and right buttons to go backward and forwards respectively.
In unsupported apps, all buttons and the progress bar are contained in a single row at the bottom, making for a less pleasant experience (and a higher chance of hitting the wrong key). Below is a screenshot of the old interface and two that show us the new one:
According to information provided by Google, this feature for apps targeting Android 13 requires API level 33 and is designed to offer users a richer set of controls that are technically consistent across phones and tablets (also aligning with other platforms , such as Android Auto and Android TV).
Google Chrome and Google Podcast can already count on API level 33 but with Android 13 Beta 1 it has emerged that all existing apps can benefit from this interface. It remains to be seen if things will change when the final version of Android 13 is released.
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