In the Android 13 session of I/O 2022, Google spent some time discussing security and privacy, including how there will be a new, centralized settings page for precisely that.

Google is implementing the same privacy setting concepts as with Android 12, which debuted the Security Hub on Pixel phones. It starts by combining them into Security and privacy and provides a straightforward, color-coded way to assess your safety status as well as clear, practical advice on how to increase it. A large Scan device button is now present at the top, behind a high-level overview.

New action cards that alert you to crucial actions you should take to address any safety issues will act as the page’s anchors. In addition to sending you warnings when there are problems, we’ll also give you timely advice on how to improve your privacy.

In addition, Google says an Android Auto privacy dashboard is on the way, and 2G toggling enhancements will address how unsafe that network is.

Android 13 Security privacy

In other places, Android 13 will instantly clear your clipboard history to prevent apps from seeing anything you’ve already copied. In the updated version, Mainline modules for Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) are also added, enabling Google Play System Updates to be used for bug fixes.

Other notable features include the new Photo Picker, which allows you to share only specific images and videos with apps rather than your full media collection, and the mandate that apps must by default request permission before sending notifications.

Behind the scenes, Google is replacing C/C with the Rust programming language for Android’s security-critical networking stacks and key administration components.
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