This year’s major Android update, Android 13, officially releases today for Google’s Pixel phones, the search giant announced. Annual update gets official release a bit earlier than usual, after Android 12 released last october and The release of Android 11 in September 2020.
The list of updates arriving with this year’s version of Android will probably be familiar to you if you’ve been following android 13 years beta released. It’s possible to customize non-Google app icons to match your home screen wallpaper that we saw in Developer’s first look at Android 13a new authorization to reduce notification spam and a new option to limit the photos and videos an app can access.
Back in January, we wrote that Google planned to spend this year catch up with Apple’s ecosystem integrationsand there’s more evidence of that in the official Android 13 release. The update includes support for spatial audio with head trackingwhich is designed to make sounds appear to be coming from a fixed point in space when you move your head while wearing a compatible headset, similar to a function Apple offers for its AirPods. Today’s post doesn’t say exactly which headphones it will work with, but Google previously said it would update its Pixel Buds Pro to provide support for spatial audio.
Second, it’s possible to stream messages from apps, including Google Messages, directly to a Chromebook, similar to iMessage on the Mac. This is another feature that Google detailed in January. Along with its own Messages app, one of Google’s promotional assets also shows it works with the Signal messaging app, and the company says the feature will work with “a lot of your other favorite messaging apps.” The update also includes a feature that lets you copy content from an Android phone to paste it on an Android tablet and vice versa.
Other Android 13 features include the ability to set languages per app, a redesigned media player that adjusts its appearance based on what you’re listening to, Bluetooth Low Energy support for better sound quality at higher bitrates lower latency, improved multitasking on large-screen devices with drag-and-drop support for multitasking, and better palm rejection when using styluses.
Google’s announcement doesn’t specify exactly which Pixel devices will get the Android 13 update today, but betas of the software are available on everything from the Pixel 4 to the recently released Pixel 6A. The Android update will come to devices from other manufacturers, including Samsung, Oppo, OnePlus, HMD, Motorola, Realme, Sony, Xiaomi and Asus “later this year”, Google’s Sameer Samat writes in the announcement. today. For more details on the changes coming in the update, look at the google post.