Android 13 is bad luck for apps that spam you with notifications

I wish Android versions still had fun dessert-themed names.

Alex Choros
Aug 16, 2022
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Android 13, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system, is now available for those with select Pixel devices. While this year's update favours refinement over flashy new features, Google has added some meaningful changes around notifications, security, and privacy.

A rather overdue change is apps now need to ask your permission to send you notifications. When you open an app, you'll have to explicitly opt-in to get notifications from it. Notifications for apps in Android 12 and older are switched on by default, while iOS has had notifications as opt-in for years.

Pixel running Android 13

On the privacy and security front, you can now give apps access to select photos and folders in your camera roll, rather than your entire library. In addition, the clipboard will automatically clear itself if you're copying sensitive information like email addresses, phone numbers, login credentials, or passwords. You'll also get notified when an app accesses your clipboard.

More broadly, Android 13 adds support for spatial audio, Apple-like continuity features that let you copy text, a URL, or image on your phone and then paste it on a tablet, more personalisation options, and the ability to set individual languages for apps.

Android 13 is currently rolling out for Pixel 4, Pixel 5, and Pixel 6 family devices, including A-series phones. Google says that select Samsung, OPPO, Motorola, and HMD (Nokia) phones will get the update later this year.

Alex Choros
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Alex Choros
Alex Choros is the Group Reviews Editor for Clearlink Australia's local websites - Reviews.org, Safewise, and WhistleOut - and the Managing Editor for WhistleOut Australia. He's been writing about consumer technology for over eight years and is an expert on the Australian telco sector, to the point where he knows far too many phone and internet plans by heart. He also contributes to Gizmodo and Lifehacker, and makes regular appearances on 2GB. Outside of tech, Alex loves long hikes, red wine, and death metal.

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