Google brings new features to older versions of Android

SAN FRANCISCO: Tech giant Google has announced it’s bringing new features to smartphones that haven’t received operating system (OS) updates in years.

The company is releasing a tool called the “Extension Software Developer Kit” (Extensive SDK), which will allow developers to use features like Android 13’s new photo picker in apps running on certain versions of Android 11 and 12 , reports The Verge.

The tech giant said the feature “extends support for certain platform features to existing Android versions.”

“This update also sets the stage for expanding Privacy Sandbox testing on Android,” Scott Westover, a Google spokesperson, said in a statement.

Additionally, the company is working to replace its existing ad tracking system with Privacy Sandbox and plans to roll out the beta version of the system to Android 13.

The tech giant is working to ensure users always get new features, even if the company that made their smartphone doesn’t release software updates, according to the report.