Each new version of Android updates the appearance of the notification panel, usually with changes to the quick settings panel and notification organization. Early developer previews of Android 13 already updated the design of the media controls under quick settings, and now Android 13 Beta 1 adds a little extra flair: a moving wavy line.
Android 13 Beta 1 was released on Tuesday, and while Google didn’t mention it in the company’s announcement, the new update adds a moving wavy line to the progress bar on the system’s media controls. Esper’s Mishaal Rahman showed off the animation in a tweet, which moves up and down in the elapsed area of the progress bar.
Animation is definitely a fun addition, but it’s not yet clear if manufacturers like Samsung will adopt it on their custom versions of Android, or if it will remain limited to stock Android phones and tablets.
Google’s last update to media controls was in Android 13 Developer Preview 2, which increased the size of the widget to how it looks when you expand it (usually by swiping down or swiping all notifications) on Android 12. The new layout shows the full title and other data without any extra pressure, and expands the album art to cover the entire background, but leaves less room for notifications in an already cluttered quick settings panel.
Android 13 Beta 1 arrived on Tuesday, with new permissions options for accessing media files, audio routing improvements, new logging options for app developers, and some interface changes. It’s currently available on Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 6, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 4a, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4 — we’ve got the download links if you want to try it on your phone .
Source: Mishaal Rahman (Twitter)