Android 13: Release Date, News, Compatible Smartphones

It’s been a while since Android 13 entered its beta phase after going through two Developer Previews. We review the new things to know about the update concocted by Google. The opportunity also to list the compatible smartphones as well as information concerning the release date of Android 13.

Google has started work on Android 13 “Tiramisu”. The OS under development regularly reveals some interesting new features in preparation for the future version of the operating system.

We take stock of everything you need to know about Android 13, which is currently in the Beta 4 stage on Pixel smartphones. Smartphones from other brands are tasting Beta 1. Android 13 Eligible Devices List: Xiaomi, Samsung, Realme, Oppo Phones

Android 13 rollout date

Android 13 must go through several phases before being ready for the deployment of the finalized version. First, Developer Previews allow developers to access the OS at a very early stage in order to prepare the ground and start adapting their apps. The DPS is now complete. Make way for beta versions more focused on the general public curious to discover what’s new. Android Beta 2 entered the scene at Google I/O 2022.

We are now in the home stretch since beta 4 is out. We just have to wait for the official release of the OS in its final version, scheduled for October 2022 on Pixels. With other manufacturers, it will be necessary to wait a few months before being able to appreciate their final versions. The first beta version of watchOS 8.7 arrives: How to install watchOS 8.7 on your Apple Watch

Android 13 is ongoing
The development of Android 13 is ongoing. The OS is currently in Beta 2 // Source: Google

The good stability of the platform is to be expected during the month of June. The presentation is good and the due form of the OS in its finalized version should probably arrive at the start of the school year.

Before the end of 2022, a good handful of smartphones will be updated to the finalized version of Android 13, but the process will continue in 2023. In the meantime, devices running natively on this OS will also see the light of day obviously. iOS vs Android: Which System Is More Secure?

What’s new in Android 13

Here’s what we know so far about what’s new in Android 13.

Customize icon color

With Android 12, we got a taste of Material You which introduced the “Monet” feature. With the latter, the accent color of the interface changes according to the wallpaper to harmonize with it. Android 13 takes personalization even further by applying this principle to app icons.

Customizing app icons on Android 13
Customizing app icons on Android 13 // Source: Google
“Starting with Android 13, users can opt for themed app icons. Thanks to this feature, icons in compatible Android application launchers are tinted to inherit the color of the wallpaper and other themes chosen by the user”, write Google teams while giving some instructions to developers to provide this feature.

Also, note that there is talk of four times the choice of colors via Material You on Android 13.

Add quick settings

In the quick settings panel, there are classic options such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, or airplane mode settings. However, there are also third-party applications that offer to integrate a new tile into the panel in question.

Android 13 to add a custom tile
Example message on Android 13 to add a custom tile // Source: Google

Android 13 comes to facilitate this process. “For apps that offer custom tiles, we’re making it easy to discover and add your tiles to Quick Settings,” the presentation reads. Concretely, the platforms concerned will be able to display a message inviting users to add a dedicated tile, without even having to leave the app.

Note that the music control will be entitled to a small aesthetic overhaul in the quick settings. The same goes for contact cards, which will also sample accent colors. iOS 15.2 Beta Lets You Scan AirTags and More

More privacy for your files and less intrusive notifications

Several applications require access to your files to function properly. However, on Android 13, this authorization will be split into two parts. Photos and videos on one side, music and audio files on the other. A music player allowing you to play songs locally on your smartphone will not be able to see your photos and that’s not so bad.

On the notification side, you will also have peace of mind. Indeed, an app must first obtain your consent to send you notifications of all kinds. It will not be up to you to deactivate the alerts that you no longer want to receive on a case-by-case basis. Beta 3 of Android 13 has also integrated these specs.

Finally beautiful photos and videos on Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok

Many people associate Android with ugly photos and videos on social media. For technical reasons on Android, and with a few exceptions, third-party applications for taking photos and videos to share them often simply capture the screen of the smartphone. Thus, they do not allow you to take advantage of the real quality of the photo sensor. To remedy this, you have to take a snapshot with the camera and then share it on the app in question.

However, with Android 13, photos and videos taken on Instagram, TikTok, or even Snapchat will finally be more beautiful. Google explains that it has updated the CameraX library of its OS and is working with 15 manufacturers on 150 different smartphone models. Hopefully, this is just the start of an even larger effort and the app developer does indeed play along. Google Pixel 7 Pro New Tensor chip and Android 13

Android 13 for polyglots

Quite logically, you can only set one language on your smartphone. That said, if you are bilingual, trilingual, or polyglot, maybe you want to use this or that application in a specific language.

Android 13 makes this possible. You can change the language of the applications of your choice. Note also that the new OS also promises better management of hyphenation in texts so that they are always more pleasant to read.

Tablets, foldable smartphones, and computers

Like an Android 12L, Android 13 does not want to forget tablets and foldable smartphones. Google invites developers to follow the advice of its teams “  on optimizing for tablets, then learning how to create applications for large screens and develop applications for foldable devices  ”. And that goes for Chromebooks too.

At present, some interesting leads related to this issue have been unearthed (but they remain to be confirmed):

  • Improved home screen for the supposed Pixel Notepad
  • The configuration of several profiles on the tablet
  • Multi-window and taskbar for Android 13 on PC
  • New for a computer screen saver

Also note that during the last Google I/O, the Mountain View firm showed what the Android 13 interface will look like on a tablet.

The Play Store on tablets with Android 13
The Play Store on tablets with Android 13

End of classic SIM on our smartphones?

With Android 13 it would be possible to manage two phone numbers on a single eSIM

(to promote the materialized, therefore). In other words, the update to the future mobile OS could mark the beginning of the end for smartphones with the traditional drawer for inserting two SIMs. Let’s not rush things though, the process looks quite complex since many operators will probably prefer to keep physical SIM cards for a good while yet.

Several new features for wireless headphones and earphones

Google is taking advantage of Android 13 to refine the Bluetooth and Ultra Wide Band (UWB) of the OS. Concretely, the American giant has implemented a novelty that allows it to improve the functions linked to these technologies more easily, without having to wait for the manufacturers of smartphones, sometimes slow to relax, to design to develop the necessary updates. That’s not all, the American giant has also focused on optimizing the experience offered on Bluetooth headsets and wireless headphones.

Indeed, Google has announced three new features on this site:

  • Automatic switching of sources;
  • Spatial audio management;
  • Reduced latency via Bluetooth LE Audio.

Cross-device streaming

With Android 13 and a Google Pixel, you should be able to cast apps and notifications from your phone to your Chromebook or PC. This is indeed what 9to5Google spotted while digging through the Developer Preview of Android 13. It remains to be seen whether this function will see the light of day or not when the update is deployed.

A better flashlight

Some interfaces already allow this, but Android 13 would finally natively integrate more precise control of the brightness of the flashlight. Due to certain technical challenges, however, it is not certain that all smartphones will benefit from this option.

Notifications to preserve the battery

With Android 13, Google seems to be preparing a system of notifications supposed to alert the user when an application consumes a lot of battery in the background. The idea would be to encourage everyone to intervene as quickly as possible to stop this loss of energy.

Also, a widget to better manage the battery status will be integrated into Android 13.

Strengthen accessibility

With Android 13 Beta 3, Braille displays will be supported. The goal is to prevent visually impaired people from downloading a dedicated app. Google thus shows that it is determined to strengthen accessibility options on Android.

One UI 5.0 (Samsung)

Samsung’s Android interface is expected to be called One UI 5.0 and it could arrive earlier than usual this year. We should be able to get our hands on the first version as early as July 2022.

In general, Android 13 should make it easier for Custom ROMs and OEM interfaces to integrate Monet, the famous feature that draws on the colors of the wallpaper to dress up the interface.

And also

As the progress of the beta, we discover more and more new features with Android 13, starting with its easter egg with emoji sauce very inspired by that of Android 12.

Android 13 gives pride of place to emojis
Android 13 gives pride of place to emojis. // Source: 9to5Google

Another nice addition, the Google Pixels should be able to handle larger files thanks to exFAT support. Copying and pasting should also become much more convenient for day-to-day use.

Which smartphones are compatible with Android 13?

Here is the list of Pixel smartphones compatible with Android 13 Beta 2.

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro
  • Google Pixel 6
  • Google Pixel 5a
  • Google Pixel 5
  • Google Pixel 4a 5G
  • Google Pixel 4a
  • Google Pixel 4 XL
  • Google Pixel 4

Smartphones from other brands will taste for their part the beta 1 of Android 13.

  • Asus Zenfone 8
  • Lenovo Tap P12 Pro
  • Nokia X20
  • OnePlus 10 Pro
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro
  • Realme GT 2 Pro
  • Sharp Aquos sense6
  • Tecno Camon 19 Pro 5G
  • Vivo X80 Pro
  • Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro and Pad 5
  • ZTE Axon 40 Ultra

Regarding Samsung’s interface, One UI, we have already learned that its version 5, running Android 13, should remedy one of its greatest weaknesses. The general fluidity of the animations should be greatly improved e.

How to install the Android 13 update?

To install Android 13 in beta, you must have a compatible smartphone and register in the program.

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