Android 13 Whats New – Everything you Need to Know

Google Android 13 is now official and there are a lot of improvements in multiple aspects. There are many Android 13 features and even small improvements that you should know. However, from those multiple aspects there might be some difference in many smartphones as they have various skins depending upon your smartphone brand. But here in this article we will mention the Android 13 new features and improvements that you need to know.

Android 13

Google has made numerous preview copies of Android 13 available for developers to test their programs. The early preview builds included many — but not all — of the new features, API updates, user interface modifications, platform improvements, and behavioural changes to the Android platform, giving users an early look at Android 13.

Since Android 13 Beta 3 in June, the APIs and system actions visible to apps have been frozen. This is referred to by Google as “Platform Stability,” a phrase that informs developers that they can begin updating their app without fear of potentially damaging changes. Furthermore, since the release of Android 13 Beta 4 in mid-July, developers have been able to release compatible versions of their apps.

Android 13 New Features –  Changelogs

Accessibility

  • Accessibility audio description
  • Accessibility magnifier can now follow the text as you type
  • Quick Settings tiles for color correction & one-handed mode

Audio

  • Bluetooth LE Audio support
  • MIDI 2.0 support
  • Spatial audio with head tracking suppor

Customization

  • Cinematic wallpapers
  • Material You dynamic color styles

Display

  • Resolution switching
  • Turn on dark mode at bedtime

Docking

  • Hub mode
  • Screen saver revamp
  • Switch to admin user when docked

Enterprise

  • NFC & NFC-F payment support for work profiles
  • WiFi Trust on First Use

Gaming

  • Game dashboard

Languages & input

  • Per-app language preferences

Media

  • Media Tap To Transfer
  • System Photo Picker

Multiuser

  • It’s easier to install apps to guest profiles

Navigation & multitasking

  • App drawer in the taskbar
  • Clipboard editor overlay
  • Disable the long-press home button action
  • Drag to launch multiple instances of an app in split-screen
  • Launch an app in split screen from its notification
  • Predictive back gesture navigation
  • Taskbar adds app predictions row and search bar

    Networking

    • Bandwidth throttling

    Privacy

    • 7-day view in privacy dashboard
    • Clipboard auto clear
    • Control smart home devices without unlocking the device

    Security

    • QR code scanner shortcut
    • Unified Security & Privacy settings

    Sound & vibration

    • Toggle to show the vibrate icon in the status bar
    • Vibration sliders for alarm and media vibrations

    Display

    • Consolidated font and display settings
    • Low light clock when docked

    Launcher

    • Bottom search bar in launcher app drawer
    • Custom interface for PCs
    • Kids mode for the navigation bar
    • Unified search bar for the home screen and app drawer

    Lock screen

    • Lock screen rotation enabled on large screen devices

    Media

    • Redesigned media output picker UI
    • Redesigned media player UI
    • Squiggly progress bar

    Multiuser

    • Fullscreen user profile switcher
    • Revamped UI for adding a new user
    • Status bar user profile switcher
    • User switcher on the keyguard

    Notifications & status bar

    • Button rearrangement in the notification shade

    Sound & vibration

    • Do Not Disturb may be rebranded to Priority mode
    • Enabling silent mode disabled all haptics

    Media

    • Media controls are now derived from PlaybackState

    Power management

    • Control an app’s ability to turn on the screen
    • Defer boot completed broadcasts for background restricted apps
    • Foreground service manager and notifications for long-running foreground services
    • High-priority FCM quota decoupled from app standby buckets
    • Job priorities
    • Notifications for excessive background battery use
    • Prefetch jobs that run right before an app’s launch
    • The Android Resource Economy
    • Updated rules for putting apps in the restricted App Standby Bucket

    Privacy

    • Hardware camera and microphone toggle support

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    Security

    • Non-matching intents are blocked
    • One-time access to device logs
    • SAF no longer allows access to subdirectories under ‘Android’
    • Sideloaded apps may be blocked from accessing Accessibility and Notification Listener APIs

    Text rendering

    • Faster hyphenation
    • Improved Japanese text wrapping
    • Improved line heights for non-Latin scripts

      Platform Changes

      • Audio
        • Audio HAL 7.1 with Ultrasound & latency mode
        • Virtual Audio Device
      • Camera
        • HDR video support in Camera2 API
        • Stream use cases
      • Performance
        • ART update brings lower memory use and faster runtime performance
        • Multi-generational LRU support
      • Project Mainline
        • Android’s Bluetooth stack is now a Mainline module
        • Android’s ultra-wideband stack becomes a Mainline module
        • Java.home environment variable now points to ART module
        • Tweaks to updatable NNAPI drivers
      • Project Treble
        • Improvements to Dynamic System Updates
      • Quick Access Wallet
        • Custom component for the Quick Access Wallet activity
      • Networking
        • Basic support for WiFi 7
        • DNS over HTTP/3 support
        • Fast Pair coming to AOSP
        • Multiple Enabled Profiles on a single eSIM
      • Security
        • APK Signature Scheme v3.1 support
        • Better error reporting for Keystore and KeyMint
        • Binary transparency manager
        • Full-disk encryption support removed from Android
        • Hardware support for Android’s Identity Credential API
        • Legacy fs-verity support dropped
        • Linux kernel version requirement update
        • Memory Tagging Extension for Armv8.5+ devices
        • Privacy Sandbox
        • Remote Key Provisioning
        • Shared UID migration
        • Virtualization support for isolated compilation
      • Sensors
        • Head tracking sensor support
        • Heading sensor support
      • Storage
        • EROFS support
        • exFAT support
        • Smart idle maintenance
      • USB
        • USB HAL 2.0 with support for limiting power transfer and audio docks

      API Updates

      • Camera
        • Camera2 improvements: Preview stabilization, jitter reduction, 60fps streams
        • LED flash brightness control
      • Enterprise
        • Block users from adding new WiFi networks
        • WiFi SSID policy
      • Fonts & text
        • Color vector fonts
        • Stylus handwriting
        • Text conversion APIs
      • Gaming
        • Framerate interventions
        • Loading time improvements via GameState hints
      • Graphics
        • Programmable shaders
      • Jobs
        • Schedule exact alarms without user prompts
      • Media
        • Anticipatory audio routing
        • More granular media file permissions
        • Performance Class 13
      • Newly restricted non-SDK interfaces
      • Programming language features
        • OpenJDK 11 support
      • Quick Settings
        • Quick Settings Placement API
      • Roles
        • Computer and App Streaming device profiles
      • Security
        • Background access of body sensors requires new permission
        • Developer downgradable permissions
        • Disable the screenshot shown in the recents overview
        • Nearby device permission for Wi-Fi
        • Non-dangerous permission to read the phone state
        • Runtime permission for notifications
        • Safer exporting of context-registered receivers
      • Sensors
        • Ambient Context events
      • Telephony
        • Cross device calling
      • Theming
        • Splash screen style
        • Themed Icons API

      Android 13 Release Date

      Google’s Android 13 was released on August 15, 2022. System engineers can immediately begin creating their own builds based on the most recent Android release because the source code is now accessible on AOSP. Moreover, the release date for non-Pixel devices will depend on the brand as it might take a while to develop a stable custom skin over the stock Android instantly.

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