Android 13 to bring wallpaper effects, new media controls, top manager

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Google launched the Android 13 2 Developer Preview last week and now we are seeing new features in the beta being discovered one by one.

Starting with the redesigned media controls. They’re in their usual place between quick settings and notifications, but their widget is now bigger. Track title and description can fit inside.

The media output selector has also been redesigned, in line with Android 13’s design language. There’s also the option to pair a new device directly from this menu.



New playback controls and output selector

New playback controls and output selector

Android 13 will provide users with new wallpaper effects. Called Cinematic Wallpaper in the developer preview, it will allow users to apply effects to their wallpaper. It is now clear what effects there will be, but the images below show that you will be able to darken your wallpaper. Some Android variants already allow this, such as Samsung’s OneUI and Xiaomi’s MIUI.


Darkening wallpaper
Darkening wallpaper

Darkening wallpaper

Finally, the foreground services task manager will be at the bottom of the quick settings and notifications panel and will show the apps running in the foreground. You will be able to monitor which apps are currently running, as well as stop them.

FGS will notify you if an application has been running for more than 20 hours.

Android 13 beta brings wallpaper effects and new media controls

Closing an app through the FGS task manager will be more like a force quit, instead of just dragging it out of the recent apps menu. Here is a detailed comparison of which action does what.

Android 13 beta brings wallpaper effects and new media controls

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