Android 13 gets ‘Security and Privacy’ unified settings page

Google spent a portion of the Android 13 section at I/O 2022 talking about security and privacy, including how there will be a new consolidated settings page just for that.

Android 12 introduced the Security Hub on Pixel phones, and Google is now applying the same principles to privacy settings. It starts by merging them into “Security & Privacy” with a “simple, color-coded way to understand your security status and will offer clear, actionable guidance on how to improve it.” There is now a prominent “Scan Device” button at the top below a high-level overview.

The page will be anchored with new action cards that notify you of the critical steps you need to take to address any security risk. In addition to notifications to alert you to problems, we will also provide you with timely recommendations on how to improve your privacy.

Google also says a privacy panel is coming to Android Auto, while there will be “2G toggle enhancements” to address that network’s insecurity.

Elsewhere, Android 13 will automatically delete your clipboard history so apps can’t see what you copied earlier. The new version also introduces Mainline modules for Bluetooth and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) to enable fixes via Google Play System Updates.

Other highlights include the new Photo Switcher to share only selected photos and videos with apps instead of your entire media library, and the requirement that apps ask for permission to send notifications by default.

Behind the scenes, Google is using the Rust programming language to replace C/C++ for “security-critical parts of Android, like our key management components and networking stacks.”

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