Surprisingly, Google released the first Developer Preview of Android 13. It’s still pretty green, although the basics for what’s to come later are already there, including the big change to notifications: they’ll be one more permission, instead of being accepted until otherwise indicated.
The first developer preview of Android 13 already shows the notifications section as one of the permissions, although it doesn’t seem to work at all at the moment. However, permission won’t be required for all apps initially, so we probably won’t see the effects of this change for a few years.
Notifications won’t suddenly disappear
The notification policy change that Google will adopt is subtle, but it will have significant repercussions. So far, any application installed on the mobile can send notifications unless you disable them. From Android 13, this will change: applications will have to request permission to send notifications.
Now, change will not happen overnight. As reported by Mishaal Rahman, Android 13 runtime permission will only be required for apps built with API 33 as target API of Android 13. Target API looks like version of Android on which the application is based, but this is not necessarily the minimum allowed.
A recurring “trick” used by developers is to fall behind the version of Android on which their applications are based, to escape the restrictions included in new versions.
In practice, developers can and often continue to use an older version of the Android API to avoid restrictions that only apply from a certain version. To prevent the operating system from being clogged with laggards, Google periodically increases the minimum API level it allows in apps on Google Play. As of today, it is API 30 (Android 11), and most likely in 2022 it will upgrade to API 31 (Android 12).
With that in mind, Google probably won’t force developers to update their apps until 2023, which isn’t to say we’ll start to see it until some apps adopt it before being forced. Of course, since most developers probably want to maintain the status quo for as long as possible, one would expect many to wait until the last moment.
The change in how notifications work on Android is significant, so we can’t rule out that Google will end up giving developers more time – it’s happened before – or that even in the future it will somehow reach on the other hand previous versions of Android, which also happened. For now, what seems clear is that we will have to continue manually disabling notifications for a good season.
Through | AndroidPolice