Android 13: News, Release Date, Features, and Rumors

What’s coming in Google’s latest operating system

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Android 12 introduced a kill switch that allows you to prevent apps from accessing your camera and mic, and it also added the option to show apps your approximate location instead of your exact whereabouts. 

Codenamed Tiramisu, Android 13 is the next operating system update for Android devices. Rumors include updates to Material You, faster access to a QR code scanner, excessive battery consumption alerts, a new audio feature, and improvements to notifications and other settings.

When Will Android 13 Be Released?

The new OS will likely be available in September or October 2022. Android 12 was announced at Google I/O in February 2021 and released the following October, so we expect similar timing for Android 13.

Google released developer previews in February and March and will put out a beta version every month until July, followed by the final release. You can see the full schedule and details on Android's developer site.

You can get Android 13 beta for Pixel 6/6 Pro, Pixel 5/5a, Pixel 4a/4a (5G), and Pixel 4/4 XL.

Android 13 Features

We know quite a bit already about this OS update. We'll keep this page updated as other details emerge closer to its release, but here are some of the rumors regarding the bigger changes:

  • Material You updates. Android 13 will likely build on Material You, Android 12's UI revamp, which allowed a range of customizations like matching your wallpaper colors to your app themes.
  • Enhanced privacy controls. The OS will also build on Android 12's privacy features, including the option to allow app access to specific photos rather than all of them, a clipboard auto clear feature that deletes the contents from the global clipboard after a set amount of time (60 minutes, by default), and a 7-day look at the privacy dashboard instead of only 24 hours.
  • Improved QR scanning. This OS update could allow users to scan QR codes from the lock
    screen. There could also be enhanced shortcuts to the QR reader.
  • Continuous playback. It could introduce a Tap to Transfer feature, like Apple offers between its iPhones and HomePods. It lets you continue playing your music from your iPhone to your HomePod and back again.
  • Split-screen from notifications. Drag a notification to one side of the screen to quickly open that app in split-screen mode. Just long-press the notification and decide where on the screen it should go. Android reporter Mishaal Rahman has a video showing how it works.
  • More notification control. This feature would force the app maker to ask permission to send notifications, similar to the prompt you get on many browsers.
  • Per-app language settings. Users might be able to set a different language
    default depending on the app, rather than one global default setting.
  • A better flashlight. Rumors say that Android 13 will allow users to adjust the brightness of the flashlight, though this may only work in new devices that have the hardware to support it.
  • Faster pairing. Fast Pair will let you quickly pair a device with your phone so you don't have to manually walk through the settings app to do it. The speculation is that you'll be alerted about the device when Android identifies that something is wanting to pair with it.
  • Bedtime dark mode. With this option, you'll be able to trigger dark mode automatically at bedtime.
  • Easier guest app installs. You'll be able to choose which apps to install to the guest profile when you make a new guest user in Android 13.
  • Follow typing with magnifier. In the accessibility settings, a new toggle will be available that makes the area you're magnifying automatically follow the text as you type.
  • Greater lockscreen access. Through a setting called Control from locked device, Android 13 will remove the requirement to unlock your phone to access smart home controls.
  • Foreground Services (FGS) Task Manager. This new feature shows the list of apps that are running a foreground service, and provides a stop button to instantly end any of them. You'll receive a notification to stop a task if Android detects that it's been running for at least 20 hours within a 24-hour window. Google describes FGS Task Manager here.
Android 13's Foreground Services Task Manager
Foreground Services Task Manager.

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Some smaller changes have been documented by Mishaal Rahman at Esper, and others:

  • Do Not Disturb is changing its name to Priority mode.
  • Japanese text wrapping is being improved.
  • Vibration strength adjustments are available for alarms.
  • There's a brand-new interface when creating a new profile.
  • A flag is available for toggling the bottom search bar in the launcher app drawer instead of having it be at the top.
  • The power, settings, and other buttons in the notification shade are moving to the bottom of that screen.
  • The media player's progress bar changes to squiggles to show the part you’ve already listened to.
  • You'll get a notification if an app uses a large amount of battery during a 24-hour period.
  • Like screenshots, Android 13 displays a notification after copying text, with the option to edit the clipboard before you paste it.
  • The primary search bar on the home screen can be used to find Google Photos screenshots and widgets.
  • Native support for DNS over HTTPS (DoH).
  • Bedtime Mode can dim your wallpaper.

Android 13 Supported Devices

We expect most Android devices that support Android 12 can upgrade to Android 13. Models include Google Pixel (3 and up), Samsung Galaxy S20 and S21, Asus Zenfone 8, and the OnePlus 9 smartphone series.

Google might drop support for the Pixel 3 series with Android 13, but we can't say for sure.

The Latest News About Android 13

You can get more smartphone news from Lifewire. Here are some of the latest stories about Android 13 and Android phones.

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