Google announced the rollout of Android 13 to Pixel smartphones on Monday, August 15. The company announced that the new version of the operating system will be rolled out to Samsung, Xiaomi, Nokia and other smartphones later this year. Android 13 will allow multilingual users to assign specific languages to individual apps. It also comes with an updated media player that changes appearance based on the music or podcast a user is listening to. According to the company, Android users will soon be able to mirror a messaging app from their handset to their Chromebook with the new version of the operating system.
Availability of Android 13
Google announced that the tech giant has started rolling out the stable version of Android 13 to its Pixel smartphones starting Monday. According to the changelog, the Pixel phones that are getting the update are Google Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a 5G, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a.
The Google Play Services website reveals that the Android 13 rollout for Google Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a contains a bootloader update that increments the anti-rollback version. This means that once updated, a user will not revert to Android 12. “After flashing a version of Android 13 on these devices, you will not be able to flash older versions of Android 12,” the company said. society.
The company also said that later this year the Android 13 update will roll out to other smartphones from brands like Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme , Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more.
Android 13: what’s new
Android 13 update for Pixel smartphones brings several bug fixes related to apps, Google Assistant, audio, charging, and more. The most notable fix with the update seems to be in biometrics. Google said the update fixes the issue where the app crashes when unlocking with fingerprint, an error that sometimes wouldn’t allow users to use fingerprint unlock when the notification shade was turned off. The company also fixed an issue that prevented the face unlock feature from triggering. The update also includes performance, stability, and reliability improvements to the fingerprint reader and its enrollment.
The Android 13 update for Google Pixel phones also adds support for NFC payments in secondary profiles. It gets fixes for connectivity via Bluetooth and for the camera. The company said touchscreen palm detection and response has been improved with Android 13 on Pixel handsets. In the UI, Google has been working on gesture navigation support with third-party launchers, as well as the phone setup experience, according to the changelog.
Google has revealed that the Android 13 update brings “an evolved look and style that builds on Material You”. This allows users to customize third-party apps to match the theme and color with the wallpaper. The company is also adding the ability to assign specific languages to individual apps with the Android 13 update. Additionally, there’s an updated media player with the latest OS update that changes its ” appearance” based on the type of music and podcast a user listens to.
Android 13 brings more customization features for Bedtime mode. Additionally, it will allow users to choose specific images and videos that they want to allow apps access to. Now, with the new version of the Android operating system, applications will have to ask for “explicit” permission from the user to send notifications. The company also announced that users will soon be able to mirror a messaging app from their phone to their Chromebook. Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio has also been added to Android 13, which allows a user to hear better synchronized audio with reduced delay, according to the company.
The new version of the Android operating system brings HDR video support for third-party camera apps. Users will now be able to copy-paste content from a phone to a table or vice-versa with the Android 13 update. For tablets, the Android 13 update brings a new updated taskbar that is supposed to make it easier to multitasking. With the update, tablets will now register touches from the user’s palm and a stylus separately.