Google is focusing on refinement and only a few new features with Android 13, which is releasing and rolling out to compatible Pixel phones today, as opposed to the comprehensive revamp that occurred last year.
Redesigned media controls that are almost twice as tall as those on the Android 12 lock screen are there right away. (In fact, until you view it in landscape mode, you won’t see a tiny version.) The artist and title of the app that is presently playing are listed underneath the symbol in the top-left corner. The large play/pause button next to it alternates between being a rounded square and a circle depending on the current state.
Back, forward, and up to two app-specific buttons are now in the bottom row, while the output/device switcher, which now includes a Material You volume bar, is still located in the top-right. The main alteration here is that you can always see the progress bar, which whimsically indicates the segment that has previously been performed with squiggles. Last but not least, the backdrop cover art is larger and rectangular. To use Android 13 properly, apps must be updated; else, all controls will be at the bottom (as seen in the fourth screenshot below).
For decreased latency, “improved” quality, and streams to numerous devices, this version uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio. In a future version, Android 13 will also allow spatial audio on compatible headphones, such as the Pixel Buds Pro.
You no longer need to unlock your phone to adjust lighting and other “external devices” thanks to a crucial modification to smart home controls on the lock screen, which has a modified icon. Users may decide whether this is enabled or not, and it is optional: Control from the locked device is a setting under Display > Lock screen. Other notifications and symbols are now contained in a compact pill that isn’t always the full width of your screen.
It is now possible to access Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen. A row of three system action buttons is no longer present. Direct access to editing Quick Settings is available via the OS version and QS page indication. To that end, new tiles enable/disable One-handed mode, launch a new QR Code scanner, and enable Color correction.
This settings button is located next to the bottom-right button that opens the Power menu. A list to “Stop” each of the “apps that are active and running” is displayed in the bottom-left corner of the screen when you press it.
When an app is unlocked, a new zoom-in, ripple motion appears as app icons on your home screen. A unified search experience for both web material and what is on your smartphone is the first of the changes at the bottom of the home screen (applications, app shortcuts, contacts, etc.). With Android 12, the redesigned device search experience for the Pixel was released, and with Android 13, it takes the place of the previous Google app UI for internet searches.
As a result, the top of the app drawer and the bottom of the screen both display the same search box with the most recent Lens symbol. You may also perform searches on YouTube, Google Maps, and the Play Store from the “From this device” area, with inline results available for the last two. The continuously visible navigation bar is now broader, bolder, and thicker to improve visibility.
Dynamic Color now provides 16 possibilities for Wallpaper and Basic before you leave the home screen. Even dual pairings are included in the latter. It’s no longer only restricted to Google; third-party applications may now provide their own Themed icons.
After you copy text, a Clipboard preview now shows up in the lower-left corner of the screen, much like with screenshots. This enables you to rapidly transfer to other devices, such as tablets, share what was copied to applications, and change it. To prevent applications from seeing what has previously been copied, Android 13 will similarly automatically remove your clipboard history after a “brief period.”
The major adjustment to Settings is that you must now authorise whether an app may send alerts right away after installing and launching it. You can no longer get notifications from apps by default. After upgrading to Android 13, the dialogue box appears when the existing ones are initially launched.
When supported, you can individually choose the language an app uses without affecting other programmes or the OS as a whole.
The “Display size and text” customization page has been reduced to one, the vibration and haptic settings have been improved, and the screen saver choices have been updated even though the underlying functionality has not changed. To “Toggle flashlight,” utilise Quick Tap (Pixel 5+). A new setup UI is available for phones with under-display fingerprint sensors, and the battery saver level’s minimum is now 10%. The Bedtime setting in Digital Wellbeing may now darken your background when it is active and has undergone some UI changes.
In terms of permissions, you no longer provide applications general access to “Files and media,” instead approving “Photos & videos” and/or “Music & audio.” In fact, a new Photo picker (available on Android 11+ via Google Play services) allows you to share only particular photos and videos with applications as opposed to your full media collection. Additionally, Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi allows enable Wi-Fi scanning without requiring you to grant applications access to your location, and the prompts also benefit from Material You.
Additionally, a new unified Security & privacy option in settings styled like the Security Hub on the Pixel will be available later this year. Google will notify you right away whether everything “Looks fine” and will then prompt you to launch a Play Protect scan. Below are drop-down menus with additional options for App security, Screen lock, Google Security Checkup, Find My Device, and more. Google Play System Updates now support the delivery of fixes for Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) through new Mainline modules.
Some applications will begin to support the back gesture in Android 13 as Google works to make it more predictable, although it won’t be completely enabled (Pixel owners may check Developer settings) or released until the following OS update.
The Android 13 easter egg may be found by fast tapping “13” under Settings > About phone > Android version.
Foldables and tablets
Google’s efforts to improve Android 13 for tablets and foldable devices continue. The taskbar now has programme suggestions and a drawer where you can easily access all of your apps and drag and drop them to launch them in split-screen mode. In fact, all programmes now come with multi-window mode turned on by default. However, the letterboxing compatibility mode can help those who haven’t upgraded.
Large-screen layouts and optimizations have been added to more applications and other system UI. The ability to copy text, URLs, images, and video from your Android phone and paste them onto a tablet is coming soon (or vice versa).
Tablets now distinguish between touches made with the palm and a stylus pen:
Therefore, you’ll encounter fewer unintentional stray marks when writing or sketching on your tablet as a result of merely resting your palm on the screen.
You may “stream your messaging applications straight” to a Chromebook using Android 13 on a phone. With message streaming coming later this year, you can send and receive messages from Google Messages and other applications rapidly.
introduction of Android 13 Pixel
The Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are the first devices to receive Android 13 today. If the OTA hasn’t yet shown on your smartphone, go to Settings > System > System update and choose “Check for update.” Users on Android 13 Beta 4.1 will receive a minor upgrade to this stable version.
In the upcoming months, the Beta Program will continue to be active and test new feature releases. After receiving the final version, programme participants can visit the website to opt out without having to delete their phones. Again, confirm that you are resigning before the release of the first new beta and that you are using Android 13 in its final form.
The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is receiving the Android 13 source code from Google today, and later this year, your favourite