Android 13 update tracker: release date, features, supported devices, and more

Android 13 release date, features, supported devices list, codename, and more have been doing the rounds off the internet ever since Google announced the developer preview of the OS back in February. The Android 13 is believed to be the successor of Android 12, which introduced one of the biggest design overhauls the OS has seen since the Android 5.0 release with the Material You design language. While the Smartphone OEMs including Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi and others continue to push Android 12 on their devices, Google has already started testing the next iteration of its widely popular OS. Let’s take a look at the new things Android 13 will bring to the table.

Android 13 release date

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Google has officially introduced its next-gen mobile OS Android 13. The search giant announced the second public beta of the operating system (OS) at its Google I/O 2022 keynote. Dubbed as the Android 13 beta 2, the build is available on Pixel 4 or later devices and a bunch of other flagships, including OnePlus 10 Pro, Asus Zenfone 8, Lenovo P12 Pro, Nokia X20, Oppo Find N, Oppo Find X5 Pro, Realme GT 2 Pro, Vivo X80 Pro, Xiaomi 12 series, and Tecno Camon 19 Pro.

This beta 2 update will be followed by the Android 13 Platform Stability build in June, which will comprise the final SDK and BDK APIs of the OS, and the final release sometime in August or September.

Android 13 features

Just like the previous version of Android, Google is adding many new features to the Android 13 platform. There are Material You changes, privacy and security features, new Project Mainline module additions, new behaviour for background apps, and more. 

New Photo picker, permission, and alert

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To improve the privacy and security of Android users Google is introducing a new Photo picker. Android 13 will add a new system photo and video picker that allows users to share the required photos and video without giving target apps permission to access all device files. The private photo picker will come as an extension to the document picker UI which allowed sharing of files without granting the apps the permission to view all files. Google plans to bring this functionality to older devices as well through an update to the MediaProvider module via Google Play system updates on devices running Android 11 and above.

The OS will also allow users to choose between “Photos and Videos” and “Music and Audio” when an app asks for permission for file access. Android 13 will show you more alerts whenever an app access something in the background, even something as small as an app accessing your clipboard. 

A more private Nearby Device permission for Wi-Fi

Previously if the apps wanted to search for nearby devices, apps had to turn on the Wi-Fi along with the location permission. This is changing with Android 13. Google is introducing a new way for apps to find nearby devices without needing to access the location with the new NEARBY_WIFI_DEVICES runtime permission.

App icon theming

Google is iterating on the Material You theming to include app icons as well. Apps can now change their icons based on the wallpaper and other theming settings currently active on the user’s device. Previously apps could only adapt the Material You theming just in the app’s UI, but as you can see in the above image, we are getting some interesting changes to app icons behaviour in Android 13. But there’s a caveat here, Google is asking developers to add a monochromatic app icon and a change to the adaptive icon XML. So, convincing all the developers to comply with this new theming system might be going to take a bit of time just like what happened with the Adaptive icons situation on Android 8. 

Improving per-app language settings

To help multilingual users, Google will be adding a new feature where users can select the desired language on a per-app basis. What this means is users will be able easily to select the app language which is different from the current system language. Developers can use the new platform API to easily get the default system language or set the user desired language in their app, for an improved experience.

New Project Mainline modules

Google will be adding a new Project Mainline Bluetooth and Ultra-wideband module. Project Mainline was launched with Android 10 with hopes to modularize Android components so Google can update them automatically via Google Play system updates, without any interruptions required from the OEMs. Previously, Android 12 added Android Runtime (ART) module as a major updatable part, and it is good to see Google continuing the tradition with Android 13. 

Bluetooth LE Audio

Android 13 will see the addition of Bluetooth LE Audio to enable high fidelity audio streaming without consuming too much battery that high-resolution audio streaming usually demands. This will be an interesting addition as most wireless earbuds don’t have a battery life that can be called impressive. Google notes that it is adding this functionality on top of Bluetooth LE, so if the device had Bluetooth LE capabilities previously, users can expect to get this functionality when they update their devices to Android 13.

MIDI 2.0

Another functionality users can expect to see on Android 13 is the support for the MIDI 2.0 standard. MIDI 2.0 standard will enable “features such as increased resolution for controllers, better support for non-Western intonation, and more expressive performance using per-note controllers.” says Google. 

More control over app notifications

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To bring the unwanted app notification under control, Google is adding new runtime permission notifications. Developers will now be required to ask for user permission before they can send notifications to users. Google is requesting the developers target Android 13 as soon as possible, to make the transition as smooth as possible. And, for apps targeting Android 12L or lower, the system will handle the notification permission on behalf of the developer.

Developer downgrade permissions

To preserve user privacy, Google introduced the ability to automatically revoke app permissions if the user stops interacting with the app after a few months in Android 12. With Android 13, Google is adding a similar feature where the developers can choose to automatically revoke the specific app permissions after the said task is achieved. 

Improved Japanese text wrapping

Google | Text wrapping disabled (above) and text wrapping enabled (below)

Google is introducing improved text wrapping for Japanese text in Android 13 so developers can make improved apps. This is what Google says about the new feature “TextViews can now wrap text by Bunsetsu (the smallest unit of words that sounds natural) or phrases — instead of by character — for more polished and readable Japanese applications.”

Support for HDR video, language on an app-by-app basis, unified Security & Privacy section, and more

Additionally, the Android 13 comes with native support for HDR video, per-app language selection, and a new unified Security & Privacy settings page that will show users easy-to-understand colour-coded indicator of their device’s safety status and how users can improve it. The OS also features Cinematic wallpapers, dark mode for bedtime, an App drawer in the taskbar, and more multitasking options for tablets than ever before.

Android 13 supported devices

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Android 13 Beta is already available for download on several Pixel devices. So we can expect that the following Pixel devices will get the Android 13 update. 

  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 5a 5G
  • Pixel 5
  • Pixel 4a (5G)
  • Pixel 4a
  • Pixel 4 XL
  • Pixel 4

OnePlus

  • OnePlus 10 Pro

ASUS

  • ASUS ZenFone 8

OPPO

  • OPPO Find X5 Pro

Realme

  • Realme GT2 Pro

Vivo

  • Vivo X80 Pro

Xiaomi

  • Xiaomi 12 and 12 Pro

Samsung

These Samsung devices are likely to get Android 13 update

Samasug Galaxy S series

  • Samsung S22
  • Samsung S22 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung S22+ 5G
  • Samsung S21
  • Samsung S21
  • Samsung S21+ 5G
  • Samsung S21 G FE 5G
  • Samsung S21 Ultra 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy S10+
  • Samsung Galaxy S10
  • Samsung Galaxy S10e
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

Samsung Galaxy A series

  • Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Samsung Galaxy A53
  • Samsung Galaxy A33
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 
  • Samsung Galaxy A71
  • Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A71 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy Z series

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold

Galaxy Tab S series

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite

Samsung Galaxy Note series

  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 5G 
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10
  • Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite

LG 

LG’s Korean website and German website have revealed the Android 13 rollout plan. Here is the list of LG devices getting Android 13. Do note that as this information is from Korean and German websites, the list might also include the devices not launched in India.

  • LG Wing
  • LG Velvet 
  • LG Velvet LTE
These are the phones that are confirmed to get Android 13. Beyond this list, not many manufacturers have announced their rollout plan for Android 13. However, several 2022 flagship devices from Samsung, OnePlus, Realme, Oppo, and others are expected to get the Android 13 update.

Android 13 codename, beta, developer preview update 

While Google has publicly shelved the practice of naming Android versions after desserts, according to several reports, it seems the Android 13 is internally named “Tiramisu”. So, it is good to know that our beloved Android is still getting named after desserts, at least internally. Google has already released two Developer Previews of Android 13, and Google is further expected to release at least three more Beta releases before reaching the Platform Stability milestone sometime in Q3 of 2022. 

You can already install the Developer Preview on Pixel devices, and if you don’t have a Pixel device lying around, Google recommends you install the available 64-bit images on Android Emulator in Android Studio. Google has also provided GSI images so you can install Android 13 Developer Preview on compatible devices which allow GSI images. It is worth noting that, though you can install the developer preview on a range of devices, they are not meant for daily use, Google primarily provides these Previews for testing purposes. You can find the complete Android 13 installation guide for Pixel devices and Android Emulator here. For more information on Android releases, including Preview and Beta updates, you can follow the Android Developers blog. 

Android 13 news

Android 13 Beta 2 announced at Google I/O 2022 (May 11th)

Google has announced the Android 13 Beta 2 build for Pixel and a handful of non-Pixel devices. Interested users can download the build by visiting the Google Android beta website.

Android 13 Beta 1 for Google TV announced (May 9th)

In addition to Android TV, beta testing Android 13 for Google TV has also begun. The beta update can be installed on the ADT-3 Developer Kit. 

Android 13 beta is out (April 26th)

Google has released the first beta of Android 13 to eligible Pixel phones. This comes just days before the OS official release date. The Android 13 official features will be introduced at Google I/O 2022 event, which is scheduled for May 11th and 12th.