We thought that the official version of Android 13 would arrive in September, but Google has finally decided to surprise us by launching it now. Android 13 stable is now official both in its AOSP version and in the firmware ready to use in Google Pixels from Google Pixel 4.
android 13 It’s not as radical a change as Android 12 was.but rather it is a more polished version that improves the pillars of Android 12 such as Material You or privacy changes, with several internal changes in terms of permissions.
Android 13 is official
It seemed that Google had got the hang of Android launches, but everything went a little wrong with Android 12. On that occasion, the AOSP version was first launched, then the version for the Pixels, and let’s not forget that the following month it arrived Android 12L to create even more confusion.
With Android 13 calm returns in the form of a simultaneous release of the open source version and that of Google. The official version comes something less than a month later Android 13 Beta 4.1, the latest Release Candidate version.
What’s new in Android 13
News in Material You: themes can be applied to any icon and not just Google apps.
Language for each app: It is now possible to set a specific language for an application, different from the language used in the system.
new media player: The notification about active media playback changes its design and includes a progress bar that “dances” to the sound of music.
Digital Wellbeing Enhancements: More customization options for Android’s sleep mode, including turning off the wallpaper and using the dark theme when it’s time to sleep.
New media permissions: Apps can now ask for permission to access photos, music, or documents, instead of getting permission for all media.
More private clipboard: Private data that is copied to the clipboard is not displayed in the overlay window. Also, the clipboard is automatically cleaned from time to time.
Notifications permission: Third-party apps (not the ones that come with the mobile) need to ask for permission to send notifications.
spatial audioNote: Android 13 supports “Spatial Audio” on headphones that have the necessary sensors.
Messaging on the Chromebook: Soon it will be possible with Android 13 and a Chromebook, to continue using messaging apps from the laptop, through streaming.
Copy from mobile to tablet: Another novelty of Android 13 that is not yet ready is the possibility of copying links, photos, texts and videos from a mobile to a tablet or vice versa.
Support for Bluetooth BLE Audio: Android 13 supports Bluetooth BLE audio streaming, with less latency, improved quality, and the ability to connect to multiple devices at once.
new taskbar. On tablets or devices with a large screen, Android 13 has a taskbar where some apps are displayed and you can drag them to the sides of the screen to activate split screen mode.
Stylus enhancements. On tablets, Android 13 registers palm and stylus strokes as separate touches, reducing accidental squiggles when resting your hand on the screen.
HDR video support in third-party camera apps
Accessibility improvements like support for braille displays in Talkback
As usual, Android 13 is released on a handful of Google phones. The latest version of the operating system can be downloaded and installed on the Google Pixel 4 or higher versions, both in the “standard” and “cheap Pixel” models. In the coming weeks and months, models from other brands will be added, but for now stable Android 13 is exclusive to these phones:
Google expressly mentions that “later this year”, Android 13 will also reach Samsung, ASUS, Nokia, IQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, OPPO, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, Vivo, Xiaomi and more mobile phones, which are practically all existing brands.
How to install Android 13
If you have a Pixel (from 4 onwards) you can now update from Settings> System> Advanced> System update> Search for updates. The update will arrive from today as an OTA, although it may take time to appear as available on mobile.
If you don’t want to wait, you can always choose to flash the new version manually, something you can do the old-fashioned way or with Google’s web flashing (Google’s recommended method). The firmwares are available here and the steps are the following:
- From a computer, download the system image according to your device. You can find it on the Google website.
- Unzip the file you downloaded.
- Connect the mobile to the computer via cable.
- On mobile, make sure you have developer options active and enable OEM unlock and USB debugging.
- Turn on the mobile in fast boot mode.
- Unlock, if necessary, the mobile bootloader.
- Open a command prompt and locate the directory where you unzipped the downloaded system image file.
- Run the script flash-all.
Once you have done this, the script will install the necessary bootloader and firmware for the operating system. Afterwards, you will see that the device restarts and that is when you should lock bootloaderfor which you must start the mobile in fast boot mode and run flashboot flashing lock (in older mobiles it is flashboot oem lock).