Apps have to ask before bothering you
Among other anticipated features, Android 13 is making notifications a permission setting. As in, for an app to annoy your notification bar with impunity to ping you, you’ll have to actually ask it to do so first. We knew it was coming, but now we know what it might look like when it lands.
In case you missed the news earlier, early Android 13 leaks indicate that notifications are becoming an opt-in process, courtesy of a new permission. Previously, we knew the change would mean a new section in the Permission Manager, and we saw what it looked like in the App Permissions list, but we didn’t see the actual dialog that the new permission would trigger itself.
Well, courtesy of a reliable source, here it is, and it looks exactly like you’d expect it to:
If nothing changes between now and the release of Android 13, when an app on Android 13 requests the new POST_NOTIFICATIONS runtime permission for the first time, you will be greeted with a dialog similar to the one shown above. The options here are purely binary: allow or not. Once granted (or rejected) the app will (or may not) be able to send you notifications. simple as that.
We already know a lot about the upcoming Android 13 version. Just earlier we saw some new styles for Google’s attractive dynamic theme on Android 13. But many questions remain to be answered. Some details that have been dug up, like the new “panlingual” per-app language feature, may be Pixel exclusives. Changes in other features like keyguard user switcher and QR code scanning may come to every phone that gets the new version. It’s hard to tell at this early stage. Stay tuned with our Android 13 coverage to learn more.
with some expected some surprises
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