Android 13 brings a number of new features and a slew of bug fixes. Here are the features you absolutely need to know.
After four months of beta testing, Android 13 is finally here. The software, codenamed Tiramisu, is available to many Android device owners and features many new features that have been in the works for a year now at Google. That being said, as major as the release is, this one isn’t particularly feature-focused. However, there are some notable new features.
Currently, only Google Pixel smartphones can get Android 13, OEM devices will get it later. For now, you need a Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro or Pixel 6a.
Android 12’s Material You interface adapted to your wallpapers, for Google’s apps and elements, anyway. A very good thing to offer a very successful visual experience. Android 13 picks up where Android 12 left off, but goes further by allowing the same to be done with third-party apps. The icons can adapt to the colors of your wallpapers and the color palettes are extended. The key word here is personalization.
Language settings per app
If you speak more than one language, it can be frustrating having to choose just one language. You might want some apps in one language and some in another. Android 13 allows you to define a language per application. The system language could be English with WhatsApp in French, for example.
New media player
Android 13’s media player adapts to what you watch. When you play a song, for example, the cover takes up the entire window and the progress bar seems to dance to the beat of the music.
Share photos and videos with apps rather than the entire library
Android 13 carries over one of the best privacy features from iOS. When an app requests Google Photos permissions, you no longer need to give access to all your photos. You can choose which photos and videos the app can see.
The clipboard destroys sensitive data
Android 13’s clipboard erases content after an hour to prevent apps from getting their hands on sensitive data. Gboard already had this feature, but with Android, all keyboards you can use will have it. You also receive an alert whenever an app accesses the clipboard.
Copy items from one Android device to paste them on another
Speaking of clipboards, Android 13 will soon allow copy/paste between multiple devices. You can copy an image from your smartphone and paste it on your tablet.
Say goodbye to annoying notifications
Notifications have always existed, but they are almost always frustrating. There’s nothing worse than downloading a new app and getting spammed with absolutely pointless notifications. Android 13 will force apps to ask you whether or not to enable notifications.
Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio compatibility
Android 13 is compatible with Bluetooth LE Audio, which reduces latency between the audio source and the Bluetooth device. Accessories should also be more easily synced.
Enable dark mode at bedtime
In addition to the traditional dark mode scheduling options, you can now choose to switch to dark mode at bedtime. If you’re not already using dark mode at night, you might appreciate this feature.
Spatial Audio Compatibility
With Spatial Audio, sound will be more immersive, creating the illusion of being all around you. An immersive experience when listening to your favorite songs or watching a movie or an episode.
Cast conversations from a smartphone to a Chromebook
The feature isn’t rolling out yet, but you’ll soon be able to chat with friends and family from your Chromebook by fetching messages directly from your phone’s messaging apps.
New taskbar on tablets
Once your tablet has Android 13, you’ll notice a new taskbar showing all your apps, allowing you to drag and drop for multitasking, iPadOS style. Android 13 can also differentiate between palm and stylus touch, which should reduce accidental touches.
Access connected home devices without unlocking the phone
If your connected device is compatible, you can control it without unlocking the smartphone. So you can lend your phone to a friend to control lights, music or whatever, without giving them access to your entire phone.
Over a hundred bug fixes
There are loads of fixes for Pixel devices with this Android 13 update. And these affect every aspect of the devices. For the complete list, head to the dedicated page.