Android 13 was officially released for Google’s Pixel smartphones with an OTA (Over-The-Air) update that can be installed from the System submenu. Over the course of the year, the new operating system will also be available for other Android phones, including Samsung Galaxy, Asus, Nokia, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sony, Vivo and Xiaomi.
Android 13 is already rolling out on Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6abut gradually, so some terminals may not show the update notice yet.
If we look back, this version of Android came out a little earlier than those that preceded it: Android 11 came to life in September and Android 12 even in October.
More beautiful, safer, more “open”
With Android 13 it is finally possible to customize with the color style of the Material You interface even non-Google app icons. You can use some apps in multilingual mode, and the media player in the lock screen and in the notification curtain adapts its appearance based on the content you are listening to, differentiating for example between podcasts and music.
Android 13 now allows you to share only the photos and videos chosen by the user with the apps, while previously the entire library was available. The clipboard history in memory is cleared after a certain period of time if you copy sensitive data such as your email address, phone number or login credentials. Also, downloaded apps now always require permission to send notifications as compared to the previous default.
Support for Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio has also arrived, with reduced energy consumption and which also introduces the LC3 codec, more efficient than the SBC. There is also Spatial Audio for headphones that support it: Google should add it to the features of the new Pixel Buds Pro with an update.
The Bluetooth audio revolution is finally ready. The first Bluetooth LE Audio devices at the end of the year
Go to the deepening
Enhance sharing between Android and Google devices, with the ability to stream messaging apps to your phone directly to your Chromebook, and copy content, such as links, images, text, or videos, from your Android phone and paste it onto your tablet. Staying in the world of tablets, now the palm of the hand and the touch of the pen are registered as separate touchesso that accidental hand touches don’t ruin the writing experience.
Google is also finally becoming aware of the need to allow third-party apps to access the CameraX extension in order to take advantage of all the imaging hardware as well as the Google Camera app. Android 13 will grant support for HDR video in third-party camera apps.
There is no going back to Android 12
Android 13 can arrive via OTA update or via an OTA image copy via adb: a second option indicated only for users who know what they are doing. However, Google has specified that, since the update leads to a rewrite of the bootaloader, the transition to Android 13 will be irreversible: therefore once installed it will not be possible to return to Android 12.