Android 13 is this year’s major Android update. Android 13 release date has been stated and it has been confirmed that starting today, Android 13 is now available for Google’s Pixel phone. The annual update regarding Android is going to be earlier than usual this year, as Android 12 was released last October, while Android 11 was released in September 2020.
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While the Android 13 release date is a little earlier than usual, you may not be fully aware of all the new features. The list of updates coming with this year’s version of Android will probably look familiar if you’ve been keeping up with the Android 13 Google Pixel betas. There’s an option to customize non-Google app icons to match your home screen wallpaper, which we saw in the first Android developer preview 13, a new permission to limit notification spam, and a new option to which photos and videos are accessible by an app.
It was reported earlier this year that Google planned to spend this year integrating something similar to Apple’s ecosystem integration, and there’s more evidence of that in the official release of Android 13. The update includes support for head-tracking surround sound, which is designed to make sounds appear to come from a fixed point in space when you move your head while wearing compatible headphones, similar to what Apple offers with its AirPods. Today’s post doesn’t say exactly which headphones it will work with, but Google previously announced that it would be updating its Pixel Buds Pro to offer to surround sound support.
Other Android 13 features include the ability to set languages for individual apps, a redesigned media player that adjusts its appearance based on what you’re listening to, support for Bluetooth Low Energy technology for better audio quality at lower transfer rates and reduced latency, improved multitasking on devices with a large screen with drag support for multitasking and better palm rejection when using styluses.
For those wondering when the Android 13 release date is for Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, HMD, Motorola, Realme, Sony, Xiaomi, and Asus devices, Google has confirmed it will be “later this year.” In the meantime, Android 13 Google Pixel should keep you preoccupied if you’ve got the phone.