Android 13 Beta 1: The clipboard now has an editor and an overlay similar to screenshots

The contents of the clipboard may now be swiftly edited on Pixel phones thanks to Android 13 Beta 1 and an overlay that resembles capturing a screenshot.

For the past few years, whenever you take a screenshot on a Pixel phone, a preview of what you took has appeared as an overlay in the corner of the screen. You have the ability to share the screenshot right away, as well as use the edit button next to the preview to crop or annotate it.

When you copy any text or image to your clipboard on Android 13, Google is now adopting this design pattern once again. When copying text, you are presented with an edit button and an enlarged preview of what you copied. This opens a very basic text editor interface where you can alter the text, as you might think. This can be useful for extracting Twitter’s share identifiers from URLs that you’ve copied that you don’t want to keep.

You are given the option of one or more quick actions, such as opening a website in Chrome or sending a text message, if the text you copied contained something like a URL or a phone number.

After copying a picture, Google gives you the option to immediately alter it with its entire set of Markup tools (crop, draw, add text, etc). After finishing modifying the text or image, you have the option of sharing it via your preferred app or returning it to the clipboard.

Once you’ve updated to the Android 13 Beta, there is now no way to turn off the clipboard editing overlay, much like there was with the screenshot overlay before it.

Google’s 9TO5 On the one hand, this functionality could end up being surprisingly helpful for some people and give Android 13’s clipboard a little more life. On the other hand, as someone who uses the clipboard frequently, this overlay will undoubtedly grow irksome quickly. Sincerely, I’m not sure if the ability to edit the clipboard on a Pixel phone requires Android 13 to be enabled for all Pixel devices.

There are also many instances, such as when copying from a password manager, where one wouldn’t want their most recent clipboard contents to be prominently shown on screen. In certain circumstances, the overlay can at the very least be swiped away, and it also vanishes as soon as you tap anything on the screen.

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