You might still be on Android 11, but Android 13 is here for the Pixels officially. Last year, Android 12 was released in October. This time, the latest Android version was released earlier.
As usual, Google has released Android 13 for compatible Google Pixel devices. Let’s take a quick look at Android 13 features and update availability.
Android 13: new features
Material Evolution You: Android 13 comes as an evolution to the Material You design language that debuted with Android 12. Now, third-party app icons can also be themed with wallpaper colors.
Application-specific languages: You can now assign specific languages to specific apps in addition to the system default language. You can keep your system in one language and apps in separate languages.
Updated media player: Android 13 comes with an updated media player that adapts the look and feel based on the media being played.
Improvements to Bedtime mode: Android 13 comes with more customizations in Bedtime mode, with new wallpaper dimming and a dark theme.
Select a specific media for apps to access: You can now select a specific image or video that you want an app to access instead of all your storage.
Prevent unwanted clipboard access: Android 13 prevents unwanted clipboard access by clearing the clipboard after a certain amount of time.
Apps would require permission for notifications: Apps will not be able to send notifications by default. You will have to allow apps to send you notifications.
Taskbar on tablets: New taskbar in Android 13 for tablets that lets you see all apps at a glance and supports drag and drop any app.
Android 13 now supports spatial audio, Bluetooth Low Energy audio, HDR video support in camera apps and Android tablets will now register palm and stylus pen as different taps.
No major UI improvements
As we’ve seen with the new features in Android 13, they’re all small improvements over the previous version. And it’s not a huge UI overhaul over the previous version, as Android 12 was over Android 11. The default UI of Android 13 looks like Android 12 itself.
But there are some significant improvements over previous versions, especially the addition of permission to send notifications, the ability to select app-specific media, and the new clipboard security feature.
When will your phone get the update?
Android 13 is now available for compatible Pixel devices starting today. Here are all compatible Google Pixel phones:
- Google Pixel 6a
- Google Pixel 6Pro
- Google Pixel 6
- Google Pixel 5a
- Google Pixel 5
- Google Pixel 4a
- Google Pixel 4
Google also revealed that Android 13 will be released later this year for brands like Samsung, Asus, Nokia, iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi and more.