The year’s big Android update, Android 13, is formally releasing now for Google’s Pixel handsets, the search giant has revealed. The annual update is getting an official introduction a little earlier than typical, following Android 12’s release last October and the Android 11 launch in September of 2020.
The selection of improvements coming in with this year’s variation of Android is very likely to be familiar if you’ve been keeping up with Android 13’s beta releases. There’s the feature to tailor non-Google app icons to go with your homescreen wallpaper that we saw in Android 13’s first developer preview, a new permission to minimize notification spam, and also a new choice to restrict which of your photos and videos an app can access.
The upgrade incorporates support for spatial audio with head tracking, that is designed to make tones seem as though they’re coming from a fixed point in space when you move your head whilst using compatible headphones, similar to a capability Apple delivers for its AirPods. Today’s post doesn’t say just which headphones this will work with, but Google previously declared it would be up-dating its Pixel Buds Pro to deliver support for spatial audio.
Secondly, there’s the ability to stream messages from apps like Google Messages directly to a Chromebook, similar to iMessage on the Mac. It’s one more feature that Google described in January. Together with its own Messages app, one of Google’s promotional assets also displays this getting the job done with the messaging app Signal, as well as the organization says the function will function with “a number of your many other beloved messaging apps.” The revision additionally incorporates a function that assists you copy content from an Android handset to be pasted on an Android tablet and vice versa.
Some other Android 13 attributes include the capacity to set languages on a per-app basis, a redesigned media player that adjusts its look based on what you’re listening to, support for Bluetooth Low Energy for greater sound quality at lower bitrates and also reduced latency, improved multitasking on large-screen devices with drag and also drop support for multitasking, and better palm rejection when utilizing styluses.
The update could be coming to phones from various other suppliers including Oppo, Samsung, OnePlus, HMD, Motorola, Sony, Realme Xiaomi and Asus later in the year, Google’s Sameer Samat says in the announcement blog post. For more details on the changes coming in the update, have a look at Google’s post www.blog.google/products/android/android-13