Surprise! Android 13 is Here

Posted on August 15, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 8 Comments

Google released the final version of Android 13 about a month earlier than expected, and it’s available today on supported Pixels.

“Today we’re pushing the Android 13 source to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and officially releasing the newest version of Android,” Google vice president Seang Chau announced. “Android 13 is rolling out to Pixel devices starting today. Later this year, Android 13 will also roll out to more of your favorite devices from Samsung Galaxy, Asus, HMD (Nokia), iQOO, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sharp, Sony, Tecno, vivo, Xiaomi, and more.”

Top features in Android 13 include Material You design improvements, app-specific language configuration, an updated media player, clipboard privacy protections, notifications improvements, spatial audio support, Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio support, and new multitasking features for tablets and other big-screen devices.

And soon, Android 13 users will be able to stream messaging apps directly to Chromebooks and URLs, pictures, text, and video on an Android phone and paste it into an Android tablet (or vice versa). You can find a longer list of Android 13 features in this Google blog post.

Users who applied for the Android 13 Beta on supported Pixels can get Android 13 right now: just check for updates. (You should also opt out of future Beta releases on the Android Beta site unless you wish to test future updates.) Google doesn’t address third-party devices on the Beta, but they will presumably be getting it soon as well.

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