Android 13: Best expected features

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Android 12 was a huge leap forward for the platform. With Material You, lots of security additions, and an overall performance boost, it’s going to be hard for Google to get out of the gate with its 13th iteration with anything major that could overshadow what came with 12. In fact, I expect that the upcoming release will be a bit disappointing, given how Reset the previous version of the outlook bar.

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This does not mean that Android 13 will be a half-hearted effort to improve the operating system. And while Android 13 hasn’t reached beta status yet, a pretty good picture is forming of what the upcoming release will look like.

There should be four betas before the stable launch, sometime in August of this year (2022). This, of course, is not fixed, so do not be surprised if Google changes this date for the official release.

Leave aside, what kind of features should we expect to see in Android 13? Let’s dive in and find out.

The subtle evolution of Material You

According to the developer previews you checked, you will get some tweaks. The first will come by assigning icons automatically. Now, before you get too excited, this feature will likely only be available for Pixel devices first. Eventually, however, the improved version of the auto-assignment codes should make its way to other devices. What are auto personalization icons? The feature was released with Android 12 but it wasn’t successful at all. Part of the problem is that many developers have not taken advantage of this feature. With Android 13, users will be able to design icons in the same way as the rest of the operating system. It would be a subtle change, but it should give a more complete look to the whole.

Other customization options that may come with Android 13 include four new panels associated with specific shades and gradients. Named Expressive, Spritz, Tonal Spot, and Vibrant, these panels should really make the look of your device stand out.

My guess is we’ll see other bits of fine polishing added to Material You, all of which will come together to make the look more cohesive and coordinated. But, again, don’t expect big shifts in the field of your subject matter. Given how modern the user interface is, it will take some time before any major changes occur.

Enhanced functionality in Android 13

The real results of Android 13 are likely to come from improved functionality. Here are some of the possible improvements that we will be testing.

Improved QR code scanning

At the moment, scanning a QR code is less than intuitive. You have to open Google Lens, point it at the QR code, and tap to interact. The problem with some third-party QR code scanners is that some of them have been found to contain malicious codes. With Android 13, Quick Tile is reported to have a much improved QR code scanning experience. This means, when you need to scan a QR code, you can simply pull down the notification shade, and tap the Quick Tile to scan the code.

Bluetooth audio improvements

Android 13 will come with Bluetooth LE Audio support as well as low-complexity communication coding. These two new features will combine to enable Android to handle audio streaming via Bluetooth Low Energy, which will significantly reduce power consumption, compared to traditional BR/EDR audio systems.

The improvements in Bluetooth LE go beyond just low power consumption and will help enhance the truly wireless earbud experience with synchronized channels, multi-stream audio, and personalized audio sharing and location.

Panlingual language settings

For those of you who speak multiple languages, Google has a special in-store fun for you. With the upcoming release, you will be able to set a specific language to be used in certain apps. For example, if the majority of the clients you email with speak English, you can set that language for the email app and the rest of the apps in your native language.

Quick pairing

Another great improvement in functionality will come via Fast Pair, which will allow you to quickly pair a device with accessories. You will no longer have to go through the process of opening Settings, going to Connected devices, and then clicking Pair a new device. When Android detects a new device, it will automatically alert you and ask if you want to pair it.

UWB support

Ultra-Wideband is a completely new technology that will enable your device to perform various functions, such as a car key, and will help you easily identify devices that also include UWB support. Pixel 6 devices included a UWB antenna but did not support the feature in 12. Android 13 will bring the next evolution to mobile devices.

Improve security and performance in Android 13

With every Android release, there are new security improvements to be found. Here are some of the security features we may see in Android 13.

photo picker

With Android 13, a new photo picker will not only make it easier to select photos from local and cloud sources, but will also make them more secure. Unlike the old photo picker, the new version will only allow access to the files you selected.

Wi-Fi nearby

In current versions of Android, if an app needs to locate nearby Wi-Fi devices, it requires location permission which, for many, is a security issue. Fortunately, in Android 13, Google brings to the mix a new runtime permission, called NEARBY_WIFI_DEVICES, which will give these apps the option to locate Wi-Fi devices without the need for the location permission.

Notification Permissions

Android 13 takes a nod from iOS and will require apps to ask for permission before they can send notifications. A permission prompt will appear on the first launch of the app.

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TARE stands for Android Resource Economy and it is a service that monitors how apps are running in the background and what tasks they perform. TARE will be responsible for granting and revoking credits from applications to limit their ability to schedule jobs in the future.

Besides TARE, Android 13 will also have a built-in system to alert you when an app becomes malicious and drains your battery excessively.

And there are some more exciting new features coming to Android 13. Of course, a lot of this was based on the developer preview, so anything can be changed, and nothing is guaranteed at the moment.

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