Security and privacy have been big focal points in Android updates over the past few iterations and may get a combined menu in Android 13. This is based on a recent Twitter post Mishal Rahmani, As indicated, the combined menu will appear in the Settings app as a single system-level settings entry labelled “Security & Privacy.”
How is this different from how Android security and privacy is currently managed?
Now, the change here is subtle. Android 12 currently handles security and privacy settings at the system level in two separate menus, but Android 13 will put controls for both in one menu. As shown in the images shared by Mr. Rahman below.
As shown in the images shared by Mr. Rahman, the new menu will have everything currently found in those separate menus. Such as app permissions management tools and app security features. It’s on top of other settings like screen lock settings. In addition to app and system-level security scanning, “Find My Device” features will also be placed there. In addition to security update checking and Play Store update checking.
How does this fit in with the other changes in the upcoming Android update?
The newfound change slots in neatly with the others found in the latest builds so far. But according to Mr. Rahman, they are not doing as well as they should at the moment. However, this should change before the update is finalized.
For example, running Android 13 is also expected to ship with better management apps. Especially in the form of a new chip-style UI that tells users how many apps are currently running.
There will also be changes to ensure that the clipboard is automatically cleared when not in use. It does not allow access to data that may be stored there by apps running in the background.
The latter of the changes is in line with the changes to ensure that users are notified when an app copies from the clipboard.
Google then effectively links in as well, by giving users ready access to both security and data privacy in the same menu. Making it easier than ever for users to keep track of things where the two are concerned.