Android 13 has new security and privacy features, and will have a new location indicator

With Android 12, we saw Google introduce new concepts for smartphone privacy , with indicators and the Privacy Dashboard that help users keep tabs on their personal information. With Android 13 there will be more news.

With the Developer Preview 2 version of Android 13, the Google developer team has given us a kind of first taste of a security and privacy shortcut in Quick Settings that combines camera, microphone and location in a single shared space.

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Thanks to Mishaal Rahman we have the opportunity to see the new indicator that will arrive in the status bar of Android 13. As you can see from the screenshots, this is the indicator shown when geolocation is used to determine the position from an app or service running.

It has also posted on Twitter two screenshots that offer us a preview of a new feature that the Mountain View giant is working on (and which is not yet fully operational) with the aim of combining security settings and those concerning privacy in a single page called “Security and Privacy”.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Google’s developer team has combined two similar submenus into one to save space, although it would be the first major change to the settings list in Android 13.

According to what can be learned from the images published by Rahman, this section mainly shows the information relating to the current security menu of Android 12: at the top the option for checking the security of the device is displayed, followed by the options for app security, Find My Device, security updates and Google Play system updates.

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