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Android 14 is about to gain a very useful multitasking feature


Multitasking on our phones is tricky compared to our computers. With PCs, using your mouse to drag and drop files from one location to another is easy and intuitive. On our phones it's a different story.


The good news is that come Android 14, Google will be introducing a new way to multitask. This was discovered by Nail Sadykov, editor of the Google News Telegram channel, in the latest beta of Android 14. Basically what this feature does is that users can select files, images, or text, hold onto it, and then drag and drop it into another app.



So for example if you wanted to copy text in a website and paste it into a note app, you can just select the text, drag it and pull up the multitasking window, and then drag it to the app you want to drop it in. Prior to this, Android would basically ignore any gestures while you were holding onto a file, image or text.


If this sounds familiar, it is because it is something that Apple had previously introduced in iOS 16, so now it looks like Android users will be able to enjoy the same conveniences as well. Android 14 is scheduled to be released later in the year so it might be a while before we are able to use it ourselves, assuming Google doesn't change or even shelve the feature before then.

Upcoming Android update will make it harder for busybodies to see your PIN


Biometric security is superior compared to traditional PINs and passwords, simply because they cannot be guessed using brute force methods. But there are times when you might have to enter your phone's PIN to unlock it, like when you reboot it, or if for some reason your fingerprints aren't recognized.


If you're wary about entering your PIN in public, especially since you don't know if there could be some busybody snooping over your shoulder, then you're in luck. According to an upcoming Android update, Google has introduced a new security/privacy feature called "Enhanced PIN privacy".


Basically what this does is that it disables animations when you enter your PIN, making it harder for someone to see which numbers you could be pressing. Right now when users enter their PIN, the circle expands into a rounded square, which could give away your PIN combination to someone who might be peeking at your phone a bit too closely.


By disabling the animation, and if you're fast enough, it will make it a bit harder for people who might be looking over your shoulder. It's not exactly foolproof, but it's better than nothing. The feature is currently in the Android QPR3 Beta 2 which means it isn't available to the public yet, but it should make the cut in the next update (hopefully).

You may before long have the option to transform your Android phone into a webcam


There are a few outsider applications out there that can transform your phone into a webcam. This could really be more ideal than committed webcams because of how much better our phone cameras are, in addition to it likewise implies not accepting a different embellishment.


For the people who need a more local component, you could be fortunate. As per a tweet by Mishaal Rahman, he has found some code in the AOSP storehouse that appears to make reference to a likely future element of Android that will permit clients to involve their phones as a webcam.



We don't know how different this will be contrasted with outsider applications, yet it very well may be something to anticipate. This is on the grounds that some outsider applications expect clients to pay for the application, or some may be free however will restrict clients to a lower quality stream on the off chance that they don't pay for the top notch rendition.


If Google somehow managed to incorporate the component into Android itself, it would be free and it ought to likewise be simpler to access and use since it probably won't need extra downloads. We don't know whether or when Google will execute this element, however on the off chance that you like involving your phone as a webcam, this could be something to anticipate from now on.

Android 13's Photo Picker could be advancing toward more established gadgets


The manner in which programming refreshes work is that the more established the gadget, the lower the opportunity that you will get the most up to date includes, particularly assuming your gadget is not generally upheld. Yet, fortunately Google isn't totally prepared to leave more seasoned Android phones.


As found by's Mishaal Rahman, apparently Google could be looking to backport an Android 13 element as Photo Picker. For those new, Google depicts the element accordingly:


"Android 13 (API level 33) incorporates support for another photograph picker apparatus. This device gives a protected, worked in way for clients to choose media documents, without expecting to concede your application admittance to their whole media library. [... ] The photograph picker gives a browsable, accessible connection point that gives the client their media library, arranged by date (from freshest to most established). You can indicate that clients ought to see just photographs or just recordings, and the most extreme number of media determinations permitted naturally is set to 1."


Presently clearly with this being an Android 13 element, Google really carried out help to gadgets running on Android 11, Android 12, and Android 12L, however it appears as though the organization could be returning further and could present help on gadgets not in any event, running on Android 11.


We don't know how far back Google anticipates going, yet the API level was 28 which is related with Android 9, so perhaps that is the extent to which Google intends to help. Nothing has been affirmed at this point, yet it very well may be uplifting news for the people who are as yet clutching their more seasoned smartphones.

Android 13 will bring local help for braille displays


Once in a while we underestimate our sight and it's difficult to comprehend how somebody who may be outwardly weakened utilizes a smartphone. Fortunately Google knows about this and in a blog entry, the organization has declared that in the following beta for Android 13, they will present local help for braille displays.


For the people who are new, braille displays for smartphones have existed for some time. The main issue with these displays is that they are locally upheld by Android and clients should utilize the Talkback application to make the most of it.


With this declaration, apparently Google is hoping to carry local help to Android so later on, clients who are outwardly weakened will actually want to utilize their displays right out of the container. As indicated by Google:


"With this new update, there are no extra downloads important to utilize most braille displays. Individuals can utilize braille displays to get to a considerable lot of similar elements accessible with Talkback. For example, you can utilize show buttons to explore your screen and afterward do exercises like create an email, settle on a phone decision, send an instant message or read a book."


Remember that this may be in the following beta of Android 13, so for the people who aren't in the beta will simply need to hang tight for the component when Android 13 is at last delivered, which ought to be in the not so distant future.

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