Android 13: All about Google’s next mobile OS
With the rollout of Android 12 underway, all eyes are on the next version of Google’s mobile OS. Will it be Android 13? Will the dessert names come back? What will be new? When will it be launched? Find out the (so far known) answers to these questions and more in this article.
Android 13: Launch date
Android releases follow a very predictable release schedule. Specific phases are planned to help app developers and device makers prepare for the new release, usually around the year’s third quarter.
The first official announcement comes with an initial Developer Preview (DP), which showcases the features still under development for the system. The next step usually takes place at Google I/O, the company’s developer conference, traditionally held in May and where the first beta is often announced.
After about three to five betas, Google says the release “includes an Android release candidate,” which means the feature set is final and, at least for app developers, all Android interfaces. (API) are ready to test apps and games.
After fixing a few bugs, mostly related to stability issues for Pixel smartphones, Google released the stable version, coinciding with the announcement of a new generation of Pixel. This presentation takes place between August and October from Android 6 (Marshmallow, at the time of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P ).
Android recent calendar
Announcement / Preview
Android 12 (2021)
September (Beta 5)
Android 11 (2020)
August (Beta 3)
Android 10 (2019)
March (Beta 1)
August (Beta 6)
Android 9 Pie (2018)
July (Beta 4)
Android 13: What will the new version be called?
Even though Google stopped using the Android codename in its official marketing campaign after Android 10, the tradition lives on among OS developers and engineers.
For the 2022 Android release, early changes (commits) sent to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository made it clear that the new release is known internally as Tiramisu.
Rename T to Tiramisu
PLATFORM_VERSION_CODENAME is updated from T to Tiramisu.
Despite this, there aren’t any plans for this name to be used in user-facing materials, as was the case for Android 11 (Red Velvet Cake) and 12 (Snow Cone).
Some famout editors also wonder if Google might skip the number “13” because of some superstition. Anyway, as you may have already noticed, this article names the next version of the OS simply “Android 13”.
Android 13: The expected novelties
Individual language change for each application
Currently, Android apps can include different translations in the APK/AAB file, but changing the language is usually a system option, which applies to all apps. Android 13 will change that, allowing users to select a different language specifically for each app.
XDA Developers spotted the new feature as a new option in the Languages
More control over app notifications
To combat notification spam, users already control how and when apps can send alerts to their Android smartphones. According to the same leak from XDA Developers, the next version of the OS is preparing to offer a better solution.
While it doesn’t work in the version the site got access to, there is new system permission for notifications, treating the feature like the current camera and microphone access.
Transfer by contact
This new feature looks promising, and it would essentially bring back something that was removed on Android 10: Android Beam. Android Police has revealed that the latest version of the OS will offer the ability to initiate a file transfer between devices using NFC, just like the discontinued feature.
While Nearby Share offers a similar solution, Tap to Transfer uses the ever-popular NFC (or UWB ) antennas to transfer photos, videos, and other documents between smartphones.
Known as TARE, this new feature adds a “credits” system that limits how apps can consume smartphone resources like CPU, GPU, battery, etc. The system is still in the development phase, but it looks like it could help improve battery usage on Android.
Other features potentially available with Android 13
Additionally, Android 13 leaks hint at a few other minor changes:
- A Show QR Scanner option accessible on the lock screen
- Improved UWB support, with more features available to devise manufacturers
- Support for Bluetooth LE Audio and Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3).
- An audio output selector for Material You offers the possibility to choose between speakers smartphones and adjust the volume.
Android 13: Visual changes
A more colourful user interface
After focusing on Material You, Android 12’s new design language, Google is reportedly ready to push the visual concept further with Android 13. According to a leak that appeared on Android Police, the new OS would offer even more customization options, with a more excellent choice of colours.
Changing the clock layout on the lock screen
If you’ve seen enough photos of the Pixel 6 lock screen, you might have noticed that virtually all of them have the same solid layout, with the clock centred on the screen in a 2×2 layout (hours on top, a minute down).
A leak revealed by XDA Developers shows that Android 13 should offer a new lock screen option to disable the double-line clock, placing a more discreet clock in the upper left corner of the screen.
Android 13: The smartphones that will receive the update
As usually happens with every new release of Android, Google’s Pixel line will be the first to receive the latest release. The releases of new versions of Android are usually synchronized with that of a new generation of Pixel, which means that the Pixel 7 will be the first smartphone to have Android 13.
The update should be available the same day for other Google smartphones, starting with the Pixel 4.
The availability of the update for other makes and models varies a lot, so we recommend that you consult our guide on the updated policy of the main manufacturers.
Source: Android Police