Android 13 should be unveiled next week and here’s what we know so far about the new features


On Wednesday night (IST), Google CEO Sundar Pichai will take the stage at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California and unveil the next version of the world’s most popular mobile operating system – Android 13.

The public beta of Google’s next Android iteration has been out in the wild for a few weeks, and here’s what we know so far about the features the new version of the OS will contain.

First, let’s get the crucial information of the day.

Do you remember when versions of Android were called sweets? Ice Cream Sandwich, Jellybean, Kit-Kat, etc. ? Well, public releases stopped being named after desserts after Android 9, or “Android Pie,” in 2018. Since then, Google has fallen back on numerical naming for its annual Android system releases. exploitation – although internally they still had “sweet” codenames: Android 10 was called Quince Tart, 11 as Red Velvet Cake, and 13 as Tiramisu.

Now onto the features we know are coming based on reports from Android 13 developer beta testing.

The seeds of tap-to-transfer were sown in the early days of Android, with the introduction of Near Field Communication, or NFC, which would allow two smartphones to transfer files, links and more with a simple tap. physical. It was new, but it didn’t always work as expected. Over the years, NFC has been replaced by more reliable file transfer technology like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – and Apple’s proprietary AirDrop.

It looks like Google is resurrecting tap-to-transfer. Android Police reports that it’s aware of a demo process called “Media Tap To Transfer,” which the website says is just the first step to enabling a wide range of apps, such as tapping. to control smart home devices, possibly through Google’s own Nest. Hub technology.

More ‘Material You’ Themes

Last year, Android 13’s biggest talking point was Material You, a new design language that automatically adjusts the color scheme of the entire smartphone – app icons, logos, settings menu and sliders. volume/brightness – based on any custom wallpaper selected by the user.

Android 13 is expected to move forward by offering a wider range of color palettes to more accurately “theme” the system. According to Android Police, in Android 13, users (or Android makers) have the option to choose from three color schemes – “vibrant”, “expressive” and a desaturated, almost monochromatic “spritz”.

Android 13 also sports something called “cinematic wallpapers”, a feature that could enable custom “live” wallpapers based on images from a user’s photo library – similar to cinematic images in Google. Pictures.

Activation Notifications

It looks like this year Google is taking a cue from Apple’s playbook and forcing newly installed apps to ask for permission to send notifications. In beta, users can only authorize or deny authorization. As the development of Android 13 evolves, other options could be integrated.

Android has always been better at handling notifications – a user won’t even have to leave the notification panel to read and respond to entire texts and email addresses, or have near-full app interactions.

“Multilingual” language settings per app

According to developer reports, Android 13 will provide users with an option to set a language per individual app, which might be useful for multilingual users, which most Indians are. This means that Indian users can set English or their own native language as the preferred choice for each app.

Android has always been a heavy consumer of resources, running multiple processes in the background which has a direct impact on battery health and life. Android 12 introduced mandatory system-wide battery-saving measures that made it nearly impossible to run apps in the background. This affected the quality of some apps, which relied on background processes to work best. Android 13 would offer a toggle switch to enable or disable this feature. The latest iteration is also supposed to have a feature that constantly evaluates applications and limits or releases access to resources when needed. Android 13 will also warn the user about apps that are running in the background without permission causing excessive battery drain.

Bluetooth low energy audio support

Android 13 could introduce Bluetooth Low-Energy Audio, which boasts of lower power consumption without compromising audio quality, multi-streaming, simultaneous support for multiple headphones/speakers (with appropriate hardware), and full support for hearing aids.

Home Button Toggle Assistant

Android 13 leaks point to the ability to long-press the smartphone’s home button to summon Google Assistant, much like iPhone users can do to activate Apple’s AI assistant, Siri. This option can be turned off in favor of gesture-based controls, reports say.

Android 13 Beta 1 sports a Spatialization effect, which could become Google’s version of the iPhone’s Spatial Audio feature. Apple’s Spatial Audio feature simulates a 360-degree surround system through AirPods, and it looks like the feature will be coming to Android users later this year when the operating system goes public.

According to reports, Android 13 will have an option that will temporarily boost processor speeds, allowing games to launch faster.

Similar to how photos are handled on Apple devices, Android 13 would automatically sort photos into their own albums/categories.

Third-party material You icons

In Android 12, the Material You theme was restricted to first-party Google apps only. Android 13 seeks to rectify that, bringing the feature to third-party apps as well, potentially giving the phone a uniform look.

Android 13 will allow users to copy text and edit it to the clipboard before sharing.

As we go deeper into the development testing cycle, it’s normal for Google to add more features, remove others, and modify some to make them better. We’ll bring you constant updates as things change.

First post: STI


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