Android 13 will include a slew of new features, according to Google’s announcements. Here’s a glimpse at what to anticipate in the next release of Android from the Google Play Store.
Google Wallet will now have more choices available to users
This year’s Google I/O saw one of the most significant changes to Google Wallet yet, with the addition of support for additional passes, cards, as well as other critical documents. You’ll be able to keep track of anything from college credentials and transportation cards to vehicle keys and immunization data. Google has also revealed intentions to include digital driver’s licenses into Google Wallet in the future.
Alerts for earthquakes
It is now accessible in 25 countries for Android users to get early earthquake warnings. Google intends to make the functionality available in a handful of high-risk places across the globe later this year.
The batch evaluation of accelerometer information from Android smartphones will allow earthquake alerts to be received in areas without an early warning system infrastructure.
RCS’s security has been strengthened
Rich Communication Services (RCS) is still a widely-adopted communication format on Android handsets like the Pixel 6. Google will add end-to-end encryption for group discussions to Google Messages, its RCS-based messaging platform, later this year. On Google Messages, end-to-end encryption is presently only available for one-on-one discussions.
Emergency SOS will be available on Wear OS 3 Android smartwatches, such as those from Fossil, Mobvoi, and Montblanc due out later this year. Anyone who had an Apple Watch Series 4 in 2018 may recognize this feature, which enables users to swiftly call emergency services and selected contacts from their wrist.
Wear OS users will be able to communicate their emergency data with others without having to unlock their phone, comparable to the Medical ID card available on iOS as well as watchOS.