Preview of Android 13: Software Paradise

Preview of Android 13: Software Paradise

Android 13 is currently out as a beta, but only for Pixel devices. As mentioned, the upcoming version of the operating system will definitely be explored at the upcoming Google I/O developer summit on May 11, but the platform will reach stability by June and will be officially out for Pixel phones sometime in August or September. After a short period when Android only carried a digit designation, Android 12 Snow Cone sort of brought back those witty dessert names. Android 13 continues the tradition by carrying the internal codename “Tiramisu”, the delightful Italian dessert, and nothing will probably stop Android fans from calling it that way in the future.

Android 13 Tiramisu is the latest sweet-tooth instalment in Google’s long-running line of software updates, and while the number “13” is traditionally associated with bad luck, Android 13 is anything but. So far, it appears to be an evolutionary rather than revolutionary update to a mature and complete operating system that has reached software nirvana. More upcoming Android 13 features are expected to be announced at Google I/O 2022, which will take place on May 11, 2022, as that is Google’s preferred venue for showcasing its latest software advancements.

Highlights

  • Here’s when manufacturers brought Android 12 to some of their best phones and when they could release the respective Android 13 update: The first one is the fact that we’re a bit too early in the Android 13 development and Google is waiting for the Google I/O dev summit on May 11 to showcase everything new that will eventually made it into Android 13. Releasing the beta months beforehand allows Google to quickly release the beta with all new features shortly after the official Android 13 announcement (or in the ballpark of a couple of days).

  • Android 13 will arrive on large swaths of Android devices in the future, but as usual, Pixel devices get the newest Android first. In the case of Android 13, the supported Google Pixel phones are Pixel 4, 4 XL, 4a, 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6 Pro. Sorry, owners of older Pixels, the end of the line for your devices has come. Judging from our historical experience with wide Android rollouts and also taking into account the latest release of each manufacturer, we can predict when the top flagships of each manufacturer could get the upcoming version of Android, with the respective manufacturer skin on top of it, of course.

The second reason could be Android’s relative mature state and the lack of any major new features. Yes, the lack of new features in the beta could very well mean that there will be no major features in the final release of Android 13 as well. While this is less probable, there’s still the chance. Anyway, let’s move on to the actual changes in the current state of the Android 13 beta… which aren’t that many. On the interface front, we get a redesigned wallpaper picker that now let’s you preview the available backgrounds straight from the homescreen by long-pressing an empty space on the screen.