The event was Google I/O, we got an update and a detailed review of Android 13. The successor of Android 12 was first announced in February, which is in the beta stage.
Google’s latest operating system will be available to the public in the year with new Material You personalizations, increased security and privacy tools and more messaging support from RCS and a redesigned Google Wallet and improved integration with Chromebooks and TVs, watches and cars, as well as Smart Home devices.
The new operating system will make Android and Google’s huge system of software more competitive with Apple’s vast selection of software and services. The results are by the figures.
The first time, Google shared the number of Android phone activations. This in 2021 was more than one billion units. In addition, there are more than 3 billion actively active Android devices each month in the estimation of Sameer Samat, vice-president of the product and management department on behalf of Android as well as Google Play.
These numbers, along with features like Samsung providing an entire four-year period of Android OS updates, put Google in an exceptional position. It is required to accommodate a variety of phones, both new and old, along with tablets and foldable. The good news is that Android 13 shows that Google is eager and ready to keep its top-rated OS scalable and up-to current, while offering Android users an improved experience across various devices. Some highlights Google pointed out are enhancements to features already in place or features that are compatible with more countries.
Android 13 is currently in beta. For more details, visit Google’s Android Beta website.
RCS groups got encryption
Google has worked with phone companies and carriers during the last few years to launch Rich Communication Services as an advanced option for SMS as well as MMS messages. This allows for top-quality images, messaging over Wi-Fi, an improved user experience when group messaging is used, and typing indicators that inform you the time you can tell when someone is typing. The app is already able to support end-to-end encryption for one-to-one conversations, and encryption support for group chats is expected later in the year.
Google states that its Messages app powered by RCS – which is the default messaging app for many Android smartphones – has more than half a million active people using Android phones. Although the RCS standard is likely to eventually be universalized, however, it is currently not supported on iOS as well as other operating systems.
Google Wallet, which was originally introduced in 2011, receives several enhancements and new features. Google Wallet can store digital versions of the most important documents you need such as credit tickets, passes for transit Office badges, vaccination records key to your car, board passes, and student IDs. The goal is to offer security and speed as an alternative to traditional cards. Google collaborates with US states as well as international governments to offer digital IDs. This is something that Apple Wallet started to support in a number of US states in March.
Google Wallet will also allow you to transfer the digital information of a card using NFC or QR codes, which could be a quicker method to share the card’s data instead of giving your phone to the person who checks it.
Google Wallet also supports integrations with other applications that you can select. For instance, if you are a user of a transit card with Google Wallet, your card and balance will show in Google Maps when you search for directions. This way, if your credit is not sufficient, then you are able to increase the amount of money to pay for the fare prior to when you get to your stop or station.
Regarding your, privacy, Google Wallet keeps everything securely on your phone. It does not share information with Google services.
This summer, over 40 nations which currently make use of Google Pay will be upgraded to Google Wallet. The only exceptions are India as well, which will utilize Google Pay and the US and Singapore where you can use each Google Wallet and Google Pay. Any device that runs Android 5 (Lollipop) or Wear OS will work with it.
SOS feature in Wear OS Watches
In the event of an emergency, our phones are crucial. In Android 12, Google rolled out Emergency SOS, which lets you seek help, connect with an individual you trust and provide emergency information without having to unlock your phone. Google is currently working on bringing Emergency SOS to Wear OS.
Emergency Location Services, which is already integrated into Android, aids emergency personnel locate the person you are calling for assistance. ELS is now accessible to more than 1 billion users across the globe.
Early Earthquake Warnings through Android are in use in over 25 countries, and next year Google will roll out the service in additional high-risk areas all over the world. In areas that do not yet have official warning systems for early earthquakes, Android will be able to gather information on earthquakes from mobile phones. When devices detect the first waves produced by earthquakes, Google analyzes the data received from the phone and provides an alert in the early hours to those living in the area.