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In just a few weeks, Google could release the first pre-release version of Android 13 publish, which can then be tried on all supported Pixel smartphones. There is already a lot of information and screenshots circulating about the new features that the developers are still working on. Because there has been a veritable flood of leaks recently, we are showing you an overview of all the innovations that have been discovered so far.

Android 13 is the next major Android release and will probably not be rolled out on Pixel smartphones before autumn of this year. Before that, as usual, there is a long preview phase with some developer previews and beta versions. It is currently only unclear what effects Android 12L, which is also still in development, will have or whether the two operating systems will actually be offered in parallel. Android 13 isn’t officially available yet, but there are likely to be several early builds out there that can be used by leakers, and splotches of new information keep coming. A really big mega-feature that everyone would be excited about hasn’t been included yet, but maybe there won’t be such a thing this time after the very big Android 12 update. It seems that with Android 13 the main focus is on easier use, greater comfort and even more compatibility and connections. Nevertheless, Android 13 will also be THE big topic in the smartphone world this year and will be eagerly awaited on many devices towards the end. Here you will find an overview of all previously known features of the operating system, which, unsurprisingly, internally under the code name Tiramisu is developed.

QR code scanner

Android 13 will get its own QR code scanner, which should be found and used both on the lock screen and via the quick settings. Although the vast majority of users should have been able to scan these codes via their camera app or use one of the numerous apps in the Google Play Store, Google should probably want to get this important area a little more under control. What the scanner and its scope look like is not yet known. » More information about the QR code scanner

Transfer audio streams via tap

The connection of loudspeakers or other media devices, as well as the playback of audio on them, should be simplified: For this purpose, the new tap-to-transfer feature is being created, in which an approach and a subsequent tap on the back of the smartphone should be sufficient to transfer the to establish connection. Sounds very simple in everyday life, but it should be a great challenge to implement it and will therefore probably only work with a few devices. » More information about tap to transfer

Fast profile change

Android 13 makes it easier to switch profiles. Thanks to a new dropdown, this is even possible when you are already entering the PIN. This not only saves you at least three steps, but you can also see the available users directly. However, it remains unclear whether this is only designed for tablets or also smartphones. » All information about the quick profile change

Material You-Design is being expanded

The Material You design was implemented surprisingly quickly by both Android and many Google apps, but there are still a few white spots that have not been considered so far and maybe don’t play that big a role. This is now done and brings Material You to the last corners of Android. » Material You on Android 13

More stuff you colors

Not only the distribution of Material You will be further expanded, but also the designers will be able to get back to work and create new color combinations. Android 13 introduces at least four new color palettes that are used in dynamic theming and ensure that the background image and the operating system surfaces harmonize with each other. » These are the new Android 13 Material You colors

Customize Google Assistant button

The Google Assistant can be called up with the button navigation via the home button. If you continue to use this navigation and still don’t want to use the Google Assistant, you can deactivate it with Android 13. » More information on navigation customization

Permissions for notifications

The notifications are almost traditionally improved with each new Android version and Android 13 is the time again. Because this area is increasingly used for spam, apps will probably have to ask the user for permission to send notifications for the first time (and only once). This is very consistent and, as is well known, works the same way in the browser. This gives users control right from the start, instead of being able to react later via the settings.

Flexible clock on the lock screen

The design of the elements on the lock screen has changed many times and was recently brought back into line with Material You. Over the years, the time has grown from being a side piece of information to being the main piece of information and has reached an almost gigantic size. Because this is not really necessary, users from Android 13 are given the option of adjusting the size of the display and specifying whether it should be displayed in one or two lines.

TARE

TARE stands for “The Android Resource Economy” and is more of a behind-the-scenes story. It is described as a kind of “currency” for apps that can use their credits depending on the battery level. If you have more credits, you get more computing power. It remains to be seen how the whole thing works exactly and whether this is not the next area in which major problems are inevitable. In any case, Android 13 also seems to focus heavily on resource-saving.

Panlingual

Android 13 will offer the ability to assign a language to individual apps independently of the system language. This makes it possible to use one app in English, the other in German and the next in Spanish – if that’s what you want.

Bluetooth Audio LE

Google has long been working on supporting Bluetooth Low Energy Audio, which can greatly reduce the energy consumption when playing music on wireless headphones. However, it was not possible with Android 12, so the technology should only be included in the operating system from Android 13 onwards. Only then should this technology also prevail in the headphones, which have so far hardly supported the quite new standard.

Phantom Process Killer

With Android 12, Google introduced the “PhantomProcessKiller”, which is actually only supposed to end unnecessary background processes, but sometimes overdoes it a bit. This can lead to problems for some app developers and their users. With Android 13 there will probably be a switch in the developer settings that can stop this process. It is not yet known whether the whole thing will be completely deactivated or whether further fine adjustments will be possible over time – preferably not hidden in the developer settings, of course. It is first described by the fact that the monitoring, i.e. the observation, of these processes is thus deactivated.


When is Android 13 coming?
Google moves the date by a few weeks every year, but basically they follow a fixed pattern: the first developer preview before the start of spring, followed by a few more preview versions and a long beta phase. Then over the summer finalizations, many announcements and sometime in autumn the final version awaits us. Because Android 12L is currently still “blocking” the beta channel, the first beta cannot be expected before March. Developer previews that are not distributed via this channel are conceivable as early as February. But that’s not set in stone!
Which Google smartphones will receive the update?
Below you will find the target versions of the Pixel smartphones. It turns out that all smartphones from Pixel 4 are guaranteed to receive the update. However, there is a question mark behind the Pixel 3a, because although the Android 13 beta will probably be released within the update period of the Pixel 3a, the final version is a few months after the end of support. You can find more information about this in this article

  • Pixels 3: Android 12
  • Pixel 3a: Android 12L (Possibly Android 13 Beta)
  • Pixels 4: Android 13
  • Pixel 4a: Android 13 / Android 14 (see above)
  • Pixel 4a 5G: Android 14
  • Pixels 5: Android 14
  • Pixel 5a: Android 14 / Android 15
  • Pixel 6: Possibly Android 15
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