Here’s everything we know about Android smartphones’ upcoming operating system–Android 13.
much like iOS and the iPhone, the Android operating system for Android phones receives a major update every year. This year is no different. Android 13, which is currently codenamed “Tiramisu” is already in development and will be released to the general public later this year.
Here’s everything we know about Android 13 so far…
Android 13: Release Date
Android 13 is in current active development. By that we mean that Google has released developer previews of Android 13 already–so Android 13 is past being just worked on internally at Google.
The first developer preview of Android 13 was released on February 10, 2022, with the second developer preview of Android 13 being released on March 17, 2022.
Google actually publishes a timeline of future previews and betas, so we know the next release of Android 13 will be the first Beta version of it. Beta 1 of Android 13 is scheduled to release in April 2022. That will be followed by Beta 2 of Android 13 in May 2022, Beta 3 of Android 13 in June 2022, and Beta 4 of Android 13 in July 2022.
The “Final Release” of Android 13 is scheduled for release post-July 2022. That could mean August 2022, but the release could also happen in September 2022. Really, it just depends on how smoothly the development of Android 13 has gone up to that point.
Android 13: Supported Devices
It’s always hard to tell which Android phones will support the latest release because it largely depends on the Android device manufacturer to bring the latest Android release to their smartphone. For example, even when Google releases the final build of Android 13 to the masses, users of certain Android phones might not be able to install it if the manufacturer hasn’t finished building upgrade support for it.
As of right now, the only phones that can officially run the Android 13 Developer Previews are the following:
We expect this list to grow to the major flagships of non-Google manufacturers in the future. But as of April 2022, this is the official list of supported devices.
Android 13: Features
Since the Developer Preview of Android 13 is already available, we have a good idea of what the major features of Android 13 will be. Unfortunately, Android 13 seems like a somewhat modest update to the Android operating system–for now, anyway.
But even if major features don’t come to Android 13 that could be a good thing in disguise…
Generally, years that operating systems don’t receive major overhauls mean the manufacturer is working on ironing out bugs and other annoyances. Still, Android 13 will have some new features, including:
- A new Photo Picker: this will allow you to give apps access to only certain photos in your library instead of your entire photo library.
- Dynamic Theming for third-party apps: this will allow third-party app icons to take on the tint of their wallpaper and other elements. This will mean the Material You color dynamic is much more fleshed out across the OS and home screen.
- Language per app: Another cool feature of Android 13 is users will now be able to set the language (also known as the localization) of an app per app. So you might want to have your browser app set in English, but your messenger app set in Chinese. And now you can. Previously, every app needed to use the same language.
Of course, these aren’t all the new features of Android 13. It’s still only in its Developer Preview stage. Expect to see many more features added to Android 13 as the betas continue to be released in the coming months.
We’ll keep this post updated with all the latest news on Android 13, so stay tuned.
apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book by him Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.