The lockscreen and notification shade media player are redesigned in Android 13. Here’s a list of updated music, podcast, and audio app controls.
Android 13’s media controls are taller than Android 12’s. This enables for a larger cover image preview, however it’s a rectangle crop instead of the full square artwork.
The app’s symbol appears in the top-left corner, while the output switcher remains opposite. Next, list the song/podcast and artist.
Apps Work With Android 13 have a play/pause button on the right that changes shape when tapped. Followed by a whimsical progress metre that squiggles to show what you’ve heard.
Android 13 apps:
- Google’s app includes podcasts.
- Chrome: online media playback.
- Stable YouTube
Pixel recorder 3.7 transcript playback
Android 13 Features
Android 13 introduces a few new features, but largely beta or unreleased Android 12 functionality.
Themed Icons were added in Android 12 as part of Material You, however they were in experimental and the toolkit was confined to Google apps. Google released Android 13 to all developers. Expect customised app icons soon.
Settings > Wallpaper and Style > Themed icons to activate.
While we did receive a player that resembles what Google showed us very closely, Android 12’s new media player design was far from realistic and attractive. To better fit the funkiness of Material You, Android 13 offers a media player that is more polished and finished with a squiggly seek bar.
Permission for New Notification
A new notification permission is added in Android 13. You will be prompted to confirm whether you want an app to send alerts each time you install and run it. With this, users should have far more control over their apps and be able to deal with those that send too many push alerts each day.
Google hasn’t mandated this feature on app developers, so they can decide whether or not they want users to have the option to enable or disable notifications.
Access rights to audio and video
If, for instance, an Audio player desired access to only the audio on the device, you would have had to grant it access to the full internal storage in Android versions 12 and earlier. With READ MEDIA IMAGES (for images and photos), READ MEDIA VIDEO (for movies), and READ MEDIA AUDIO (for audio files), Android 13 modifies this and enables users to share what is necessary and what is not.