Google releases Android 13, coming to Pixel devices first. The latest update adds new features and functionality that extends the capabilities of your phone or tablet.
According to Google, Android 13 is rolling out to Pixel devices starting today. Later this year, it will also roll out to devices from Samsung Galaxy, Asus, Nokia, iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, Xiaomi, and more.
So what can we expect? Here are some of the more notable features that’s coming with Android 13.
Material You Improvements
The Material You design has been improved to include the customization of third party apps to match the phone’s wallpaper theme and colors.
You can also assign specific languages to individual apps. The Media Player was updated as well. It changes its look and feel based on the music or podcast you’re listening to.
You can also further customize Bedtime mode with wallpaper dimming and dark theme.
In Android 13, you can select specific photos and videos apps can have to access. You can also prevent any unwanted access to your clipboard. The clipboard history will automatically clear after a period of time.
Further, apps will now need explicit permission to send notifications, rather than being allowed to send notifications by default.
Spatial Audio, Cross Device Collaboration, and more
Android 13 supports Spatial Audio on supported headphones with head tracking enabled. It also adopts Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio, a new Bluetooth audio standard that results in lower latency than classic audio.
Multitask across devices, from an Android phone to a tablet, is also available, including copying content (images, text, URLs, etc) across devices.
You can also stream messaging apps directly to a Chromebook so you can send and receive messages from a laptop.
Other Android 13 features include support for HDR video support on third-party camera apps, an updated media output switcher, and more.