Android 13 features and UI design changes have already been revealed. Yes, the Android 12 update was released only a few months ago (October 4, 2021, to be exact), and then Google unveiled Android 12L, which is a version of Android for large screen devices. The Android 13 update could be unveiled, sometime in 2022, after the stable release of the Android 12L update. Someone got access to a very early build of Android 13 and they leaked all the details of the unreleased version of the operating system.
Before we dive into Android 13 features, let’s sum up what features were introduced with Android 12. Google claims that Android 12 offers a faster performance by reducing the CPU time used by core system services by 22% and the use of big CPU cores by 15%. It brought the new ‘Material You’ UI design to help users customize their device to their liking through the wallpaper of their choice. It also helped developers create aesthetically pleasing apps with dynamic colours. It also revamped notifications using a standard template. Widgets got a much-needed makeover with rounded corners and a subdued colour palette.
Top Android 13 Features: Language Customisations For Apps, Longer Battery Life, Improved Security
1. Android 13 Codename: T For Tiramisu
Back in July 2021, rumour mills suggested that the dessert name for Android 13 was “Tiramisu”. It was also first seen on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) Gerrit:
Rename T to Tiramisu
PLATFORM_VERSION_CODENAME is being updated from T to Tiramisu.
Google’s tradition of naming Android versions as desserts only lasted a decade. With the release of Android 10, Google decided to go with non-sugary names. However, the dessert names still continue to be used for internal reference.
For those in the dark, Android 11 was codenamed ‘Red Velvet Cake’ and Android 12’s internal codename is ‘Snow Cone’.
2. Android 13 Set to Improve Bluetooth Audio Streaming With Bluetooth LE Audio
Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio is touted as the future of wireless audio streaming for headphones as well as hearing aids. It now looks like Android 13 may be the first release with full support for Bluetooth LE Audio. According to a commit spotted by Mishaal Rahman in the AOSP, Google has merged the LE Audio codec (LC3), adding it as a new option in system settings. This A2DP codec will get the highest priority while connecting to an audio device.
Bluetooth LE Audio won’t guzzle as much power as the Classic (BR/EDR) audio standard, which means it could greatly improve battery life. Additionally, it will allow you to broadcast audio via Bluetooth to multiple devices and provide you with a more stable connection. That’s not all, to aid accessibility, it will also integrate with hearing aids. Bluetooth LE Audio is set to do all this without compromising on audio quality.
Android 12 already comes with partial support for Bluetooth LE Audio. However, it requires more improvements in order to fully support the standard. It’s still unclear if the patches spotted in the AOSP commit will provide full support for Bluetooth LE Audio, but Mishaal expects the codec to be ready for the Android 13 release.
3. Android 13 Features NFC Payments For Secondary User Profiles
Unlike iOS, Android allows multiple user accounts on the same device. However, it still doesn’t allow you to configure and make NFC payments through secondary user accounts, perhaps due to security concerns. All that could change with Android 13. Google could finally let secondary profiles make contactless payments via NFC on devices running Android 13.
4. Android 13 Brings Language Customisation On App-By-App Basis
While Android has always let you choose your preferred language from a wide array of languages, the chosen language applies universally across the device. If you decide to switch languages, it would have to be done at the system level. Apps are allowed to provide their own in-app language settings, but most developers don’t use the feature. Multilingual users may prefer to choose different languages for different apps.
Leaks suggest that Google is working on a feature codenamed ‘Panlingual’. It is reported to let users make changes to language settings on a per-app basis, separate from the universal system-wide language setting. For instance, you could set messaging apps to Hindi while keeping the system UI and other apps in English UK. It could be available in the Settings > Language & Input > App Languages.
5. Android 13 Runtime Permission for Notifications
Google tried to reduce annoying push notifications from every app that you’ve installed by adding features like Notification Importance and Notification Channels in the previous versions of Android. You could disable some Notification Channels like Marketing but allow other Notification Channels like Delivery Updates. You could even turn off notifications entirely for specific apps.
With Android 13, Google is working on making notifications an opt-in feature. This would be similar to Camera and Location asking you to allow permissions after you open the app and try to take a picture. With the next version of Android, apps would have to ask for notification permissions after you open the app.
6. Android 13 TARE: The Android Resource Economy
Android 13 could see a new energy management feature called The Android Resource Economy (TARE). With its main focus on the device’s energy-use management, it will work via Android’s AlarmManager and JobScheduler policies.
A few weeks ago, it was reported that TARE introduces “Android Resource Credits”, a form of currency associated with the device’s battery level. Based on how the battery depletes, Google will award credits to apps, which, in turn, will allow them to use the credits as “payments” for the chance to perform tasks.
In short, Google is working on setting limits on the number of tasks that an app can schedule through AlarmManager and JobScheduler on the basis of battery charge level as well as the requirements of the app. This could help improve battery life on devices running Android 13.
7. Android 13 Brings Single-Line Clock Layout On Lock Screen
With Android 12, a new layout was introduced wherein the clock on the lock screen switches from a double-line layout to a single-line one when new notifications arrive. And when the notifications are cleared, it goes back to the initial double-line layout. Many users requested Google to revert to the single-line layout, and it appears that this feature will be added for Android 13. It is reported that it is being added to Android 12L as well.
It is to be noted that Android 13 is still in the early stages of development, so you can expect more notable features to be revealed soon.
Android 13 Release Date
You’ll have to wait at least a few months before the Android 13 update is released officially. Right now, Google hasn’t even announced Android 13 or released its Developer Beta versions. The company could reveal the Android 13 Developer Beta update to some Pixel devices in Q1 2022, and the Public Beta builds could go live in Q2 or Q3 of 2022.
We can ideally expect the stable Android 13 update to hit smartphones and tablets sometime in late Q3 2022 or early Q4 2022.