Google’s next mobile operating system is expected to arrive in 2022, so here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Android 13.
If you are not a fan of Apple, you are probably using the Android software on your smartphone or tablet. With a large variety of brands on the market today, it is big news when this versatile operating system receives a major upgrade; And that’s exactly what we expect to happen this year. Read on to find out everything we know so far about Android 13, to see what new features are making their way to the ubiquitous OS.
Android software launches generally followed a reliable trend of release dates in early fall; Just take a look when previous iterations arrive:
- Android 10: September 3, 2019
- Android 11: 8 September 2020
- Android 12: October 4, 2020
Therefore, it seems a strong bet that we will see the arrival of Android 13 in September or October 2022.
However, we’ll definitely see some quick previews of the OS before a full rollout in early fall. Google already announced the first developer preview of the new software on February 10, and beta versions will follow until the full announcement.
Most importantly, the key features will likely be announced at the annual Google I/O conference, which will take place in May or June.
You may remember that earlier iterations of operating systems had candy or candy-related witch names in alphabetical order, such as Lollipop, KitKat, or Oreo. In keeping with this theme, the codename for this year’s Android release is Tiramisu. Tasty!
In the official announcement of the first developer preview, Google announced that privacy and security will be “at the heart” of the new update.
The first way this will appear is the Image Picker tool which means you can choose to allow an app to display selected individual photos or videos, rather than being obligated to grant access to all the media files on the device. Via Google Play updates, this feature will be rolled out to users on the operating system from Android 11 onwards.
A second new security feature will allow apps to connect to nearby devices via Wi-Fi, without having to grant locations permission.
Moving beyond privacy features, Google is also introducing some new tools for app developers, including expanding the “Material You” theme that has been a hit on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro outside of Google’s own apps and onto other third-party apps. The ends, for a more consistent look. You’ll also be able to set language preferences for each app, which is a welcome addition for multilingual users.
On top of that, there will also be changes to push more updates via the Google Play Store for a “more consistent and secure cross-device environment” for apps, and there will be additional efforts to improve apps for foldable devices, tablets, and Chromebooks (which has long been a complaint from Android users). .)
We appreciated the many changes that came with Android 12, especially with regards to the new look that has been better expressed on the Google Pixel 6 smartphones. Announcing the expansion of the Material You theme is a welcome development that can give your smartphone a fun makeover, as well as new privacy and security features that can keep your data more secure than before.