One of the benefits of owning a Google Pixel smartphone is being one of the first to install the latest version of Android. Owners of Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 5, 5a, 6, 6 Pro and 6a have already started receiving the release version of Android 13. We published a fairly detailed analysis of the capabilities of the new system, you can read it here.
In short, Android 13 received a cosmetic update to the Material You interface style with the ability to customize third-party apps to match the theme and wallpaper colors of the smartphone.
In addition, the system now allows you to select specific languages for individual programs. This allows you to choose the system language separately, as well as the language of each application.
Android 13 brings an updated media player that adapts its appearance to music or podcasts, and works for media files played through Chrome.
The new system allows you to further customize the night mode with wallpaper darkening and a dark theme. These screen settings help the user’s eyes get used to the darkness when they go to bed and fall asleep again if they wake up during the night to check their smartphone notifications.
There are also interesting privacy innovations, for example, you can no longer give apps access to your entire media library, but only to specific photos and videos. Additionally, if a user copies sensitive data such as an email address, phone number, or login credentials to their device, Android 13 will automatically clear the clipboard history after a certain period of time.
In the new version of the OS, the user will also have more control over notifications, because every application after installation must now explicitly ask for permission to send notifications.
In Android 13, support for spatial audio (Spatial Audio) appeared. On supported headphones that support head tracking, Spatial Audio changes the sound source according to how the user turns their head.
Android 13 uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio, a new Bluetooth audio standard that provides lower latency, better sound quality, and the ability to stream audio to multiple devices simultaneously.
In the new version of the OS, a function appeared that allows you to copy a URL address, image, text, or video from one Android 13 device to another, for example, from a smartphone to a tablet.
As for tablets, with the new system, they got improved multitasking with an updated taskbar and an easier transition to split-screen work.
In addition, tablets with Android 13 will register palm and stylus as separate touches. So, whether the user is writing or drawing on the tablet, they will have fewer accidental taps.
Overall, Android 13 comes with these features and more, such as support for HDR video in third-party camera apps, an updated media output switch, Braille displays for Talkback, and more.
In addition to the Google Pixel smartphones that have already started receiving the update, Android 13 will also roll out later this year to models from Samsung, ASUS, HMD (Nokia), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, Xiaomi and others