Looks like Android 12 was released yesterday, but here we are already talking about its successor: Android 13. While we didn’t expect Android 13 to come with any substantial design changes, it looks like there will be plenty. smaller, quality-in-store lifespan improvements in the next major release. Over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten a glimpse of several running Android 13 features, including the ability to set language settings per app, run permissions for notifications, forwarding functionality for media, and more. . Now a new discovery suggests that the audio output selector menu will receive a new coat of paint in the new version.
According to Android Police, Google is working on giving the output switcher a new design in Android 13. For the ignorant, the audio output switcher is a button that appears in the upper right corner of the media player. When you click on it, a menu appears with all the available devices to which you can route audio output. It debuted in Android 10 and received a redesign in Android 11 while also supporting the display of Google Cast devices. It looks like the feature is set to receive a big visual overhaul in Android 13. Screenshots shared by Android Police give us a preview of the new design.
The functionality still works the same as before, but the corresponding button in the media player seems to have disappeared. Meanwhile, the old volume slider knobs have been replaced with new rounded and sparkling knobs for a more cohesive look. In addition, the currently selected audio device is highlighted with a check mark while other devices are grayed out, so it is easier to know which device is active.
Note that Android 13 is still a few months away from its first developer preview, so this new design may still undergo a few changes.
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