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The Android 13 Release is on its way... so what can you expect?

Next Arrival Expected Autumn 2022

We are only just a few weeks away from the official release of the much anticipated Android 13!


The final beta update was made available to the Android Apps community on the 13th of July to ensure the apps are ready for the Android upgrade. Google development cycles allow for a new Android version to be released every year.


Codenames

All Android versions used to come with desert-based codenames from some of the early versions like the Cupcake version 1.5 to the pie Android 9.


From Android 10 Google has dropped the desert codename much to everyone’s disappointment and uses the number version instead for marketing purposes.







We have listed the Android device codenames in the table below.

Code Name

Version Numbers

Release Date

Key Features

1.5

April 27 2009

​Video Recording, Playback, copy/paste, YouTube upload, Picasa photos

1.6

September 15 2009

Voice and text entry search, Bookmark history, text to speech

2.0 - 2.1

October 26 2009

Microsoft email support. Bluetooth 2.1, MMS

2.2 - 2.2.3

May 20 2010

​Speed, memory performance optimisation, adobe flash, chrome V8

2.3 - 2.2.3

December 6 2010

Extra Large user screens, NFC

3.0 - 3.2.6

February 22 2011

Multicore processor, Connectivity for USB, Google Books, High-Performance WiFi

4.0 - 4.0.4

October 18 2011

New Roboto font, widgets, built-in photo editor, spell check, screenshot capture

4.1 - 4.3.1

July 9 2012

Bluetooth LE support, 4K resolution, native emoji

4.4 - 4.4.4

October 31 2013

Wireless printing, built-in screen recording, better apps compatibility

5.0 - 5.1.1

November 12 2014

Project Volta battery improvement, WiFi networks, multi-SIM cards support, HD voice calls, WiFi calling support

6.0 - 6.0.1

October 5 2015

App stand by, Doze mode to save battery, native fingerprint reader, USB C-support, emoji support

7.0

August 22 2016

Zoom-in screen, multiwindow support, battery usage alerts

8.0

August 21 2017

Automatic dark/light themes, notification dots, memory API, restructured settings

9.0

August 6 2018

UI improvements

10.0

September 3 2019

Permissions for location access, AV1 video, biometric authentications, WiFi security

11.0

September 8 2020

Conversations in one place, IoT devices control, content capture

12.0

October 19 2021

Appearance customisation, AI features, enhancements for both security and privacy

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We do hear through the developers still use them internally and the Android 13 internal code name is Tiramisu. We also discovered that the Android 12 code name was Snow Cone, Android 11 Red Velvet Cake and the Android 10 Quince Tart.




So, what’s new on Android 13?


The Android Developers site is listing several new features around privacy, notification permissions, and certain productivity features like themed icons together with some new standards update on HDR video, Bluetooth LE (That’s Low Energy), audio and MIDI 2.0 over USB.



What we have selected as the Top 5 Features


1) Better Customization

In the current Android version, you can choose four wallpaper colours and four basic colours, In Android 13 though you will have a choice of 16 wallpaper colours and 16 basic colours. There will be a selection of Themed icons and it is expanded to include third-party app icons. Google is encouraging more developers to create them.


2) Different Languages Support for Apps

For all multilingual Android users, you will now be able to select your language on each app. Simply go to Settings > System > Languages and input and tap on App languages. If you use a different app to communicate with friends and family in a different language you can now customise your app to do so.


3) Bluetooth LE audio support

The news we have been waiting for at ViserMark. Android 13 will have Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) Audio and Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC13) support. This will bring reduced power consumption, (Battery life impact) and better audio quality for wireless headphones and earbuds. Rest assured we will be testing this in our ViserMark labs to measure the impact on battery due to this change.


4) New Google Wallet

The Google Wallet gets an update. It's now aiming to become your digital wallet with all your payment cards, loyalty cards, hotel keys, vaccine cards, train tickets to official IDs like driving licenses. Some countries have already implemented digital ID cards. Check out the list here All data is meant to be stored on the devices and it's not being shared with Google services.


5) Battery Measures

The Android 12 has introduced some drastic battery-saving measures the so-called “PhantomProcesskiller” which is meant to kill background apps process that takes too much power. The Android 13 is implementing a new system that will alert the user in case of an app uses excessive background battery. The notification is only for background apps and not for a foreground (meaning an app you have open). Google has also added an option to disable the phantom process with the toggle in the Developer option allowing those users who rely on their apps' background process to continue interrupted.



How can you download Android 13?


You will need a Google Pixel phone (Pixel 4 and newer) or another supported device. Google has a list of the available devices click here that are capable of running the beta version. If your device is not listed, you may have to wait a bit longer or register for the beta program by clicking here.


 


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