It also has some cool features such as a separate language selector for individual apps and most importantly, SPATIAL AUDIO!
Not every phone has Android 12, and some phones, specifically budget ones, STILL USE ANDROID 11 ffs. However, the show must go on, and annually, Google releases a new version of Android, now comes the 13th version which we’re hoping isn’t bad luck.
As mentioned in the title. Google’s own Pixel line will receive the update first. Other brands confirmed to initiate Android 13 include HMD Global (Nokia), Motorola, iQoo, Samsung, Asus, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Vivo, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, and Xiaomi. These brands will be able to update and use Android 13 later in the year.
Design-wise, nothing much has changed from Android 12. It still uses the “Material You” design language. However, there are some subtle changes to the UI. For instance, third-party apps now have their icons adapt to the theme of the UI. Another feature is that the media player changes colour depending on the image used for the music or podcast.
Apps, including non-Google ones, now have the ability to change their language, if available and/or applicable. Bedtime mode, a mode intended for better-controlled sleep, now has more customization features, including dark mode.
If you’re copying personal information, such as passwords and e-mails, Android will now notify users everytime, instead of having it be copied immediately by default.
The most important and biggest change for Android 13 is the support for Spatial Audio which helps in bringing high-quality surround sound as if you’re within that music’s environment. Also, Bluetooth LE is now natively supported which helps bringing in lower latency for wireless audio devices.
For tablets, the taskbar now has been redesigned so that now you can see all apps at first glance. When you’re using a pen-supported tablet, an additional setting called “Palm rejection” prevents accidental touches whenever you use a stylus.
Android 13 also has updated some of its security features. Now you can select specific photos and videos you want to share, instead of the entire library.
In a nutshell, Android 13 is an incremental update, akin to “Android 12.5” rather than a full-fledged new version.