We will list the key features that were released in each version of Android 13, from the developer preview to the latest available version.
New Features in Developer Preview 1
New Photo picker API
With Android 13, you don’t need to allow an app when you want to share photos and videos. If you want to share a photo or video, the photo picker will only display the photos and videos as a popup at the top of the app screen. From here, you can easily select photos and videos and share them instantly with the app. That way, the specific app will not be able to read or access your gallery.
Nearby Device WiFi Permission
All apps will now be able to connect to Wi-Fi networks that are automatically close to places without the need for permission. This helps improve user privacy by not requiring location permission to access Wi-Fi networks in a particular location.
Dynamic Colored App Icons
With Android 13 we get Material U on all app icons. This new design style now lets you set the colors of the app’s icon to your wallpaper colors. It also lets you switch from just selecting the dark mode icons or sticking to the app icons with stock colors.
Per-App Language Settings
On older older versions of Android, once you set a specific language, it will apply to every app installed on your device, provided the app has special support for the selected language. Now, Android 13 lets you configure a language for a particular app. This means you can have different apps that work in different languages at the same time. A great feature for people who are multilingual.
If you ever have trouble reading text that is incorrectly wrapped, whether it’s in an app or even from your notification panel, you’ll know it’s a headache. Can cause, However, Android 13 with better and faster hyphenation. It has been reported that reading ability has been improved and performance has been increased by 200%. The new hyphenation can now be added to your TextViews.
Android Updates via Google Play
Known as Project Mainline, Google is now pushing for system updates in devices through the Google Play Store. This means that you can get the latest features on your device directly from Google. For example, the photo picker feature will also be introduced on devices running Android 11. This feature will only be introduced through the Google Play Store. Even updates for various modules such as Bluetooth and Ultra Wide Band can be sent to older Android devices through the Google Play Store.
Optimized support for Foldables, Tablets, and Chromebooks
With Android 13, developers will now be asked to adapt their apps to work perfectly with large-screen Android devices, with these apps designed to fit almost any screen size. Be able to walk as . This means that you will now be able to use Android apps on your Android tablet that were not previously compatible.
New Features in Developer Preview 2
Option to Allow Notifications
With Android 13, users now have more control over how the app accesses content, your location, and now your notifications. This means you now have the option to allow or reject an app to display notifications. This feature will be available for Android 13 and future versions of Android.
Downgrade App Permissions
Sometimes, there may be apps that have requested permission for some reason. Now, Android 13 lets you downgrade these permissions. This means that when the app doesn’t need access to a particular module, you can easily deny permissions, giving you complete control over your privacy.
Bluetooth LE Support
Finally, support for low-energy Bluetooth audio has been added to Android. With Bluetooth LE, you’ll now be able to share and broadcast audio to your friends and family, and also subscribe to public broadcasts for a variety of information. Bluetooth LE also tends to use less battery power and at the same time gives you high fidelity audio. A win-win situation for those who have been using Bluetooth headsets for a long time.
MIDI 2.0 Support
You can now connect your devices to your Android device via the USB port. This means you can now connect your MIDI musical instruments to your Android and record your audio creations right away.
Android 13 Beta 1
With the developer previews coming to an end. Google has finally released the beta version of Android 13. As of now Android 13 beta 1 is available for Pixel devices.
Wider Media Access Permissions
Up to Android 12, most media apps and file managers will only ask for access to read files on your device, even if only music or video is needed. The app will be able to access photos, videos and audio files at the same time. Now with Android 13, the app will only be able to access a specific type of media file, depending on the permissions you give it. For example, if it’s an audio player, the app may ask for access to your read-only storage. The app will not be able to read photos and other media files. This prevents the app from reading other files on your device and thus increases the privacy of your files.
New Media Player Progress Bar
When you have a media app playing in the background, you will usually see a mini player with basic controls in the notifications panel. With Android 12, the progress bar would be a simple straight line. But, with Android 13, you now get a wavy progress bar- something similar to how an audio spectrum wave looks like.
New Clipboard UI
When you copy any sort of text on the screen, you get a small popup at the bottom right corner of your screen. This popup will show you details like from what app the particular text has been copied and also the ability to edit the piece of text you have copied.
New Material You Color Options
Previously Material You had just 4 color options that you could apply to your device. With Android 13 Beta 1, there are now a total of color theme options that you can select and apply to your device. The majority of them are dual-tone color options.
Google Calendar App icon now displays the current date.
If you are someone that uses the Google Calendar app on android, you might notice that the app icon simply shows a 31 as the date. Now, with Android 13, the date on the app icon will be in tune with the actual date of the day.