Android 13 is well on its way, with Google releasing the second developer preview of the upcoming Android operating system last month. Between Google’s official word and leaker speculation, we’re already learning a lot about how Android 13 might build on Android 12.UI improvements and . More recently we heard that .
If you’re curious about the Android 13 release date, or wondering what new features might be coming to your phone in the coming months (here are some of the best), we recommend that you bookmark this page. We’ll update it periodically with all the Android 13 buzz we can find.
Although Google hasn’t publicly revealed a specific release date for Android 13, the Android Developer Blog does provide a approximate timeline for deployment, with a beta release releasing monthly through July. The July beta is listed as the “near-final release for final testing.”
Judging by the precedents, Android 13 could debut a month after this latest beta. The fifth and final beta version of Android 12 was released in September 2021, and Google officially released the app in October. With Android 11 (2020) and Android 10 (2019), final betas dropped in August and the OS hit phones in September. We can therefore reasonably assume that Android 13 will arrive in August this year. Otherwise, September is a safe bet.
Keep in mind that Google sends Android updates to itsfirst (and will probably ship the with Android 13). If you have another Android phone, such as a , or you will probably have to to discover Android 13.
New photo privacy feature
Android 12 introduced awhich lets you block apps from accessing your camera and mic, and it also added the ability to show apps your approximate location instead of your exact location.
It looks like Android 13 will tighten these privacy settings. According to Google Android Developer Blog, Android 13 will include a photo picker. This means that when an app wants to access your images and videos, as social media and photo-editing apps often do, you can select specific media files to share instead of granting access to all. (Android already has a document picker that does the same thing.)
Apps need your permission to warn you
The second developer preview for Android 13 introduced a new feature called “notification permission”, the The Android Developer Blog said. In order to send you notifications, apps will need you to give them your permission – and you can say “no”. The blog post displays a dialog box that asks: “Allow [App] to send you notifications?” (You are then prompted to select “Allow” or “Do not allow”.) Apple already asks developers to get your permission for apps to send you notifications.
Improved design with more color options
thewas the star of the show for Android 12, with UI color schemes that automatically adjust based on the wallpaper you select. The Android Developer Blog says Android 13 will add even more color customization to Material You.
In Android 12, only Google apps work with the adjustable color palette feature. But Android 13 will extend the feature to all apps, as long as app developers agree to design alternative monochrome icons.
A rumor of AndroidPolice Citing a “reliable source” says Android 13 will let you choose more options for color customization. Among these are ‘spritz’, a desaturated version of the color palette, and ‘expressive’, which incorporates different hues than those supplied by default with your wallpaper selection.
Notifications about apps draining the battery
You’d be surprised how much battery life a single app can gobble up, even when you’re not actively using the app. Android 13 will send you a notification when an app uses a significant portion of your battery during a day, according to the android developer blog.
Adapt an iOS advantage
Flashlights in Apple iPhones have offered adjustable brightness for years, but a rumor by Android analyst Mishaal Rahman says Google will finally bring the feature into Android 13, allowing for some customization when using the phone as a light source.
But Rahman says many current Androids don’t have the hardware to use this feature. Maybe the already allows you to adjust the brightness of the torch.will be. If you have a Samsung phone, however, Samsung’s software overlays One UI
Will my phone be compatible with Android 13?
If you own a Pixel 4 or, Android 13 might be the last supported software update your phone can receive. This prediction is based purely on precedent: Android 12 is likely the last update for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3A, and Android 11 was the last for the Pixel 2.
If your Pixel 3 or 3A ends up being incompatible with Android 13, you can still continue to use it with an older operating system. But that means you won’t have access to the latest security patches, which could put your data at risk.
How to download Android 13
For the moment no. As exciting as previews can be, early betas can permanently prevent some apps from working on your device. They usually have bugs and can put a damper on your battery life. (CNET’s Jason Ciprianiwhen testing iOS 15 betas.) If you have a go for it – but we strongly advise against subjecting your primary phone to bugs.
If you really feel at risk, however, here’s how to get Android 13 in its current state. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
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