The new Back gesture animation, separate ringtone and notification volume controls, and a lot more are included in the beta version of the second quarterly Android 13 update. There are frequently quite a few new features included in each Android Beta that can be utilized by everyone as soon as the update is installed.
As a result, rather than providing a definitive roadmap for Android’s future, view these feature previews as intriguing insights. You can even easily test these features that are still in development in some cases.
However, by doing so, you accept the possibility that the pre-release software will cause your device to become even more unstable. Because of this, we only recommend attempting these on a secondary device and only if you are already accustomed to working with Android’s ADB tool. Run the same command as shown but change the value of “true” to “false,” to disable any of these features.
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Revamped Back gesture animation
You can likewise drop that back swipe motion by getting back to the edge of the screen, which levels the bolt to a line. Dylan Roussel discovered a completely redesigned back gesture indicator in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1. The straightforward arrow is contained within a circular blob that delightfully stretches in response to your gesture.
With the addition of a brand-new Quick Launch feature to the most recent Android Beta, the search bar of the Pixel Launcher also receives some love. If you type the name of an app on your phone, you can launch directly into that app by pressing the Enter key and even on Gboard.
With the below command, you can easily test Quick Launch on your own device. A subsequent order you’ll probably need to attempt, as it tells Gboard to show the Enter key while utilizing Fast Send off.
adb shell device_config put launcher ENABLE_QUICK_LAUNCH_V2 true
adb shell device_config put launcher GBOARD_UPDATE_ENTER_KEY true
Separate ringtone/notification volume
Android 13 QPR2 incorporates the capacity to isolate ringtone and warning volume, yet it’s handicapped and concealed until further notice. Fortunately, it can be turned on with a single command. The ringtone and notification levels are now listed separately in the Volume section of the Settings app once enabled.
adb shell device_config put systemui volume_separate_notification true
The addition of a taskbar to keep your favorite apps accessible has been one of the most significant modifications to Android tablets and foldables in recent years.
With the most recent Android Beta, Google’s next emphasis of the taskbar, the transient taskbar, which acts a piece like the taskbar on ChromeOS tablets. On your tablet, the new taskbar can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, replacing the bar that occupies screen space constantly. Because a swipe that is too large will simply return you to the home screen, some people may find this a little bit challenging.
All applications are treated as if they were placed in freeform windows in desktop mode, and they can be dragged around the screen. Each app window now has a new control bar with useful controls to help with this.
Home screen organization revamp
To begin, the drag targets for Remove and Uninstall have been moved to the bottom of the screen instead of the top. These options are now out of reach with a thumb on Android 13, which is a welcome change for one-handed use.
Grayscale Material You theme
The beginnings of a new “monochromatic” (or grayscale) theme option in Android 13 QPR2 Beta 1. The theme is based on two colors, #666666 and #333333, which are light and dark grays, respectively, from what we can deduce. As a result, Android 13 as a whole should be less visually demanding.
Quick settings Tweaks
With Android 13 QPR2, Google is making a number of changes to the full Quick Settings screen in addition to the lava lamp effect that is adjacent.
Previously, regardless of whether Show battery percentage in status bar was enabled, the percentage would always be displayed there.
When you fully expand Quick Settings, the percentage does not show up. Google now notes your carrier (or “No service”) just above the entire line of status icons. It would have been too wide for the battery estimate and carrier name to appear on the same line.
A significantly larger digital clock is the most significant change on the opposite side of the screen. The size of this page’s time remained the same on QPR1 as it was on the status bar version. Now, as you pull down the entire shade, it grows (with an appealing animation). It looks a lot like the lockscreen, with the day and date below.
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