Android 13 will make it easier to scan QR codes

QR codes have made human life simpler by storing information and presenting it in a unique way that scanners can easily read. QR codes have taken such a place in human life that it is nearly impossible to get rid of them. Although they have made life easier, many people still find it cumbersome to use QR codes daily.

To tackle the issues, I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to fast scan a QR code on my phone using various gadgets. Usually, a QR code scanner is present in the native camera app, but I’ve had to launch Google Lens directly and do it that way on occasions. According to a source, Android 13 will make scanning them more effortless than ever before – and right from your lock screen.

Aside from the recently noticed enhancements like QR code scanning and a media transfer capability, Android 13 is also rolling out at least a few new features. What would an Android release be without them, after all? The changes we’re about to see are most likely a work in progress and only a hint at the way things may go, but Google appears to be redesigning the output selection menu in Android 13.

You’re forgiven if “output picker” isn’t a term you’re acquainted with, but you’re familiar with the feature because it’s part of Android 11’s newish media controls. The top-right button shows which device is playing media right now, and it’s crammed with stuff like cast devices, Bluetooth buds, and speakers. That output selector first appeared in Android 10 and was redesigned in Android 11, but many of you may have been unaware of its existence before that. It was even tweaked a little in Android 12 on Pixels, raising it from the bottom of the screen and padding it out a little.

However, it appears that Google is getting set to give Android 13 a more comprehensive makeover.

According to our source, the feature continues to function normally, even with the media controls in these screenshots (we’re not sure if this is a problem or a small behavior change). However, I’m confident that the button will remain visible before it opens and that it can be accessed via Settings, as shown.

The previous volume sliders have been replaced with newer, wider ones that contain the whole device name. Instead of being simply identified as “(disconnected),” disconnected devices are grayed out. Each device’s spherical icons have vanished, and they’ve been inset without a border before the name inside the slider. The currently selected output device receives a checkmark as well – previously, the active device merely inherited the volume slider; thus, this makes the active device more obvious. The menu didn’t need to be redesigned, but it’s now cleaner and clearer, with a wider volume slider that’s more similar to Android 12’s improvements for better consistency and a few minor tweaks that merely make it simpler to comprehend at a glance. Keep in mind that this could change before the release.

There are many unknowns about this functionality, but it appears to function similarly to what Apple just enabled on iPhones and HomePod devices. The feature is powered by Apple’s “U1” processor, which stands for ultra wide-band. The same technology is starting to appear in select Android devices, such as the Pixel 6 Pro and Samsung’s latest flagships, but it’s still a long way off from being widely adopted.

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