Android 13 must require some features from Apple to be featured at Google IO 2022

Android 13 must require some features from Apple    to be featured at Google IO 2022

While Google enables you to sync up your bookmarks and purchases when you sign into Android or ChromeOS, the same can’t be said for when you’re browsing a web page, or midway through listening to a Spice Girls track or watching The Batman again. There’s hints towards this already called Tap to Transfer in the Android 13 public beta build, but there’s no confirmation from Google as yet. With this in mind, this is why Handoff should be one of the tentpole features in Android 13, with room to expand to other Google devices.

As we approach Google IO 2022, a public beta of Android 13 has been released, with indications towards Google’s own take on Handoff, a feature initially seen on Apple smartphones. Handoff allows you to continue using the same app when switching between Apple devices. As long as you’re logged in with the same Apple ID account, this may be Safari, a music track, or a podcast. However, Continuity allows you to continue utilising a function on another Apple device, such as capturing a photo and viewing it on your Mac.

Highlights

  • As more products appear (and more are seemingly on the way, with one rumored to be the Pixel Watch) seeing more cohesion across devices will be more important than ever. Being given more control over your content on the devices you own will be appealing to many, and it looks as though Android 13 is the first sign of Google being aware of this. It’s now a matter of whether the same feature is not only going to appear on the rest of its product line, but whether the feature is better than what Apple’s take has been for the last few years.

  • I’ve been an Apple user ever since I bought a third-generation iPod back in 2004. I switched my PC for one of the first Intel iMac models, and I imported the first iPhone in 2007. Throughout this, I’ve always appreciated the features where I could manage my content across the devices, without having to do the old-fashioned method of emailing it to myself. With Continuity and Hand Off, these features allow me to transfer my workflow from my iPhone 13 Pro, to my MacBook Pro 14-inch with no issue. But there are users who only own Google devices – whether that’s owning both a Pixelbook and a Pixel 6, or a Google Nest and a Fitbit. But managing and sending your data and content between these devices currently isn’t easy as Apple’s method, and in 2022 that’s not good.

Daryl had been freelancing for 3 years before joining TechRadar, now reporting on everything software-related. In his spare time he’s written a book, ‘The Making of Tomb Raider’, alongside podcasting and usually found playing games old and new on his PC and MacBook Pro. If you have a story about an updated app or one that’s about to launch, drop him a line