Android 13, the latest version of Google’s mobile software, is available for download today. The list of Pixel devices starts with Pixel 4 and later. So if you still have an older Pixel 3, you won’t be able to get the update. The latest version of Android brings several new features to phones and tablets, including extending app color themes to more apps, app-level language settings, privacy controls, and the ability to copy and paste media from one device to another. One-click option. Here’s a quick tour.
Android 13: List of eligible devices
Google’s Android 13 can be downloaded first on Pixel phones. The list includes the Pixel 4, 4 XL, Pixel 4a, 4a (5G), Pixel 5, 5a, Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 6a. According to a Google blog post, Android 13 will also be available on Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more.
Android 13: What’s new?
Google also listed some new features for Android 13. The home screen is further customizable and is based on the Material You design we saw in Android 12. According to Google, users can now match non-Google apps to the phone’s wallpaper and colors.
Android users can now assign specific languages to individual apps. This is for users familiar with other languages. This allows users to keep the phone’s system language and choose a different language for each application.
There’s also more privacy in Android 13. Users can only select specific photos and videos using the app. You no longer need to share your entire photo library when the app asks for permission. Google has also added more protection to clipboard data, especially when you copy sensitive data like email addresses, phone numbers or login credentials to your device. Android automatically clears the clipboard history after a period of time.
Android 13 also offers more granular control over notifications, ensuring you only get selected notifications. The blog post adds that apps you download now require your explicit permission to send notifications.
Google also brought Spatial Audio support to Android 13. Headphones that support this specific feature can provide users with a more immersive listening experience on Android 13 devices.
There is also more continuity between different devices. Users can stream their Messages app directly to their Chromebook, allowing them to send and receive messages from the laptop itself. What’s more, users will be able to copy and paste anything from their Android phone to their tablet. Google says it also works the other way around.
Android 13 also features Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) audio, a new Bluetooth audio standard that offers lower latency compared to classic audio.
Android 13 also makes productivity and multitasking easier on tablets. There’s an updated taskbar on the tablet that allows users to view all of their most important apps. It also supports the ability to easily drag and drop any app into split screen mode. Additionally, Android tablets register the palm and stylus as separate touches. Google says this will reduce accidental flashes when using the tablet.