Google releases Android 13, which is now available for Pixel phones.

Google is concentrating on improvement and just a few new features with Android 13, which is releasing and rolling out to supported Pixel phones today, as opposed to the comprehensive revamp that debuted last year.

Redesigned media controls that are almost twice as tall as those on Android 12’s lockscreen are present right away. (In fact, unless you view it in landscape mode, you won’t see a tiny version.) The artist and title of the app that is presently playing are listed underneath the symbol in the top-left corner. The large play/pause button next to it alternates between being a rounded square and a circle depending on the current state.

The top-right still contains the output/device switcher, which now includes a Material You volume bar, and the bottom row has back, forward, and up to two app-specific buttons. The important improvement here is that you can always see the progress bar, which whimsically indicates the portion that has already been played with squiggles. Last but not least, the backdrop cover art is bigger and rectangular. Applications need to be updated to work with Android 13 or all controls will be at the bottom (as seen in the fourth screenshot below).

This version uses Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio to broadcast audio to numerous devices with less delay and better quality. On compatible headphones (such Pixel Buds Pro in a future update), Android 13 now adds support for Spatial Audio, which can track your head as it turns for a more immersive listening experience.

You no longer need to unlock your phone in order to adjust lighting and other external devices thanks to a modification to the smart home controls icon on the lockscreen. Users can decide whether this is enabled or not, and it is optional: Control from a locked smartphone is an option under Settings andgt; Display andgt; Lock screen. Additional notifications and icons are now contained in a compact pill that doesn’t always fill your screen’s width.

It is now possible to access Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of the screen. A row of three system action buttons is no longer present. Direct access to editing Quick Settings is available via the OS version and QS page indication. To that end, new tiles enable/disable One-handed mode, launch a new QR Code scanner, and enable Color correction.

The settings button is located next to the bottom-right button that opens the Power menu. You may stop each app separately by pressing the list of active and running apps in the bottom-left corner, which is displayed as a count.

When an app is unlocked, the app icons on your homescreen start to zoom in and ripple. The changes at the bottom of the homescreen begin with a unified search experience for both web content and what is on your device that has been taken from Android 13 stable (applications, app shortcuts, contacts, etc.). With Android 12, the Pixels new device search experience was released, and with Android 13, it will take the place of the previous Google app UI for online searches.

As a result, the top of the app drawer and the bottom of the screen both display the same search field with the most recent Lens symbol. A You may search on YouTube, Google Maps, and the Play Store from this section as well. For the latter, inline results are displayed.

The always-present navigation bar has also been made larger and thicker to improve visibility.

Dynamic Color now provides 16 possibilities for Wallpaper and Basic before you leave the homescreen. Even dual pairings are included in the latter. There are now more options for themed icons than just Google’s, thanks to third-party apps.

After you copy text, a Clipboard preview now shows up in the bottom left corner of the screen, just like with screenshots. This enables you to rapidly send to other devices, such as tablets, share what was copied to apps, and change it. The clipboard history will also be automatically deleted by Android 13 after a brief period, preventing apps from seeing what has previously been copied.

The major adjustment to Settings is that you must now approve whether an app can send notifications right away after installing and opening it. You can no longer receive alerts from apps by default. After upgrading to Android 13, the dialog box appears when the existing ones are initially launched.

You can change the language that each app uses when you utilize supported without affecting other apps or the OS as a whole.

There is now only one page for customizing the text and display sizes, and the controls for vibration and haptics have been improved. The screen saver choices have also undergone some changes, but the core functionality has not changed. Use the Quick Tap (Pixel 5 ) to turn on the flashlight. A new setup UI is available for phones with under-display fingerprint sensors, and the battery saver level’s minimum is now 10%. When in use, Digital Wellbeings’ Bedtime mode can now dim your wallpaper due to UI changes.

On the permissions front, you now authorize Photos, Videos, and/or Music and Audio rather than granting apps broad access to Files and media. In fact, a new Photo picker (available on Android 11 via Google Play services) allows you to share only particular photos and videos with apps as opposed to your full media collection. Additionally, a Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi and Material You-enabled prompts mean that you don’t need to give apps access to your location in order to enable Wi-Fi scanning.

Additionally, a new unified Security and privacy menu in settings that is based on the Pixels Security Hub will be available later this year. Google notifies you right away with a huge green check to begin a Play Protect scan if everything appears to be in order. Below are drop-down menus with additional settings for App security, Screen lock, Google Security Checkup, Find My Device, and more. Google Play System Updates now support the delivery of fixes for Bluetooth and ultra-wideband (UWB) through new Mainline modules.

Some apps will begin to support the back gesture in Android 13 as Google works to make it more predictable, although it won’t be fully enabled (Pixel owners can check Developer settings) or released until the following OS update.

Finally, don’t forget to look for the Android 13 easter egg (Settings andgt; About phone andgt; Android version andgt; quickly tap 13).

TEXTBOOKS AND FOLDABLES Google’s efforts to make Android 13 more tablet- and foldable-friendly continue. The taskbar now has program suggestions and a drawer where you can easily access all of your apps and drag and drop them to open them in split-screen mode. In fact, all programs now come with multi-window mode turned on by default. However, letterboxing compatibility mode can be useful for people who haven’t updated.

Large-screen layouts and optimizations have been added to more apps and other system UI. Future technology will allow you to copy an copy text, URLs, pictures, or video from an Android phone and paste it onto a tablet (or vice versa).

Tablets now distinguish between touches made with the palm and a stylus pen:
Therefore, you’ll encounter less unintentional stray markings when writing or drawing on your tablet as a result of simply resting your palm on the surface.

With Android 13 on phones, you can stream your messaging apps directly to a Chromebook running ChromeOS. With message streaming coming later this year, you can send and receive messages from Google Messages and other apps rapidly.

Android 13 Pixel launch

PIXEL LAUNCH FOR ANDROID 13 The Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, and Pixel 6a are the first devices to receive Android 13 today. If the OTA hasn’t already shown on your device, go to Settings andgt; System andgt; System update and hit the Check for update option. Users on Android 13 Beta 4.1 will receive a minor update to this stable version.

In the upcoming months, the Beta Program will continue to be active and test new feature drops. Participants in the program can visit the site to opt-out and won’t need to clean their phones after receiving the final release. Again, confirm that you are resigning before the release of the first new beta and that you are using Android 13 in its final form.

Additionally, Google is now submitting the Android 13 source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), whereas:

Android 13 will also be released for your preferred Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia phones), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi, and more devices later this year.

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