Google Has Offered Pixel Owners an Android 13 Release which is great. Google recently surprised a lot of Android enthusiasts, by rolling out the stable build of Android 13 for some particular pixel smartphones on August 15, 2022. Those that are familiar with Google’s Android release schedule might be aware that the company is typically rolling out the stable versions of the mobile OS in a few months of September or October.
Google Has Offered Pixel Owners an Android 13 Release
Recently, examples include Android 11, which was released for pixel smartphones back in 2020, and Android 12 which began rolling out in October 2021. Given that we were still a few weeks away from September, almost nobody thought that the release of Android 13 would be occurring in August. Google, on the other hand, seems to have other plans.
In a blog post that announces the rollout of the stable build of Android 13, Sameer Samat, Google’s VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play, highlighted all the significant changes that the users get to expect from the latest OS version. The major highlight of this stable release is expected to include newer, broader customization options to personalize the look and feel of the phone, improved language settings, and enhanced privacy controls.
If you are in possession of a compatible pixel smartphone, you can wait for the official update notification or manually install the update by following the Instructions that Google is offering.
Android 13 New Changes
Once it has been installed, the very first thing the users would notice is that Android 13 is the changed look and feel of the user interface. Google Claims that the Android 13 on Pixel Devices has an “evolved” Look and feel that is still consistent with its Material design language.
While a handful of Google-made apps. Android 13 would remove that restriction and would allow third-party apps to match their look and feel to the rest of the system UI. Google says that this move should translate to a more cohesive app usage experience.
Another is where the users would notice the updated design is the media player that automatically adjusts its look and feels based on the album artwork of the content being played. Interestingly, this customization is not simply restricted to the default media player and works even for playback controls for browser-based media.
More New Features
Sameer’s blog post also talked a lot about the much-requested feature that allows users to assign different languages to specific apps even when the default language on the device is set to one language. For example, if the default language on the phone is English, users can have at least two different apps that are working in Hindi and Spanish, respectively.
Meanwhile, Android’s existing Bedtime mode has been enhanced on the Android 13 using the new features that prompt users to go to sleep on time; this is achieved using the help of a wallpaper dimming feature and a dark theme that would allow users’ eyes easily adjust to the dark.
Enhanced Privacy Controls
The relentless pressure that was caused by a slew of privacy-centric changes was made by Apple and has led to Google renewing its focus on Privacy using Android 13. In the latest version of Android, Users have great control over the sharing of their media library using some apps.
With older Android versions, when users are granted an app permission to access their image library, the app has unhindered access to all the photos on their device. This changes with Android 13. Users can now select photos and videos manually that a particular app can access.
Another great Privacy-Focused initiative is the auto-deletion of copied text from the clipboard history after a set amount of time. to add to this, the Android 13 would also allow users to have much greater control over notifications and alerts that apps can send.
The move to Android 13 is also bringing an improved audio experience on devices that supports Spatial Audio. Then there is support for the Bluetooth Low Energy Standard that would allow lower latency while streaming audio would also enable phones to broadcast audio to multiple devices at once.
Android 13 on your Pixel Smartphone
The enhancement also has been made to the algorithm that differentiates between touch inputs from your fingers and styluses. This is a part of features like the HDR support for third-party camera apps, improved multitasking on tablets, and the chance for you to copy and paste between multiple devices.
In case you did not take part in the Android Beta Program and have not experienced Android 13, now would be a great time for you to download and install the stable version of Android 13 on your Pixel smartphone.