Android 12 is yet to reach a large portion of smartphones, but Google, as always, has started releasing developer preview versions of Android 13 in the early months. Most of the behind-the-scenes changes are expected from the next major resurgence of the Android operating system, as the company has already made major design changes to Android 12. But, that doesn’t mean we won’t see anything new in Android 13. Android 13 Developer Preview 1 and Preview 2 are already gone, visual changes in the media player, content, your new color choices, a new place for power and settings shortcuts, and much more.
Following Google’s steady release of the latest version of Android, smartphone companies, including Xiaomi, make the necessary custom skin changes, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to months. Last year, Xiaomi began testing the Android 12 beta builds on the Mi 11 and Mi 11X series in May. But, the stable version came in January 2022, almost three months after Google released the stable Android 12 in October.
Xiaomi Android 12: Expected Release Date
In general, Google launches a stable Android upgrade in the fall. According to Google’s proposed timeline, Android 13 will get two developer previews by March 2022. By May, Google will release a pair of beta versions of Android 13, and then it will improve the stability of Android 13, which will run until the end of July. Therefore, the stable release of Android 13 may come in August, much earlier than last year.
Typically, it takes Xiaomi a few months to release a stable Android build on their devices after the latest version of Android is released. Based on the timeline that Xiaomi followed last year, we can expect that Android 13 will hit Xiaomi phones in Q4 2022.
Eligible Xiaomi devices for the Android 13 update
- Mi 10S
- Mi 11/Pro/Ultra
- Mi 11i/11X/11X Pro
- Xiaomi 11X/HyperCharge
- Xiaomi 11T/Pro
- Xiaomi 12 / Pro / Lite
- Mi 11 Lite 4G/5G/LE/Lite NE 5G
- Xiaomi MIX 4 / MIX 5 / MIX 5 PRO
- Xiaomi MIX FOLD
- Xiaomi CIVI
- Xiaomi Pad 5 Series
Eligible Redmi phones for Android 13 updates
- Redmi 10/Prime/2022/Prime 2022
- Redmi Note 10/10S/Pro/Pro Max/Pro 5G
- Redmi Note 10T/10 5G
- Redmi Note 11/NFC/11S/Pro 4G/Pro 5G
- Redmi Note 11 Pro / Pro+ / 11E Pro
- Redmi Note 11T/11 5G/4G
- Redmi K40/Pro/Pro+/Gaming
- Redmi K50/Pro/Gaming/Gaming Lite
Eligible POCO phones for the Android 13 update
- POCO F3/GT
- POCO X3 GT / X3 Pro
- POCO F4/Pro/GT
- POCO M3 Pro 5G /M4 Pro 5G/M4Pro 4G
- POCO C4
Devices that may get the Android 13 update
- Redmi K30 Pro / Zoom Edition
- Redmi K30S Ultra
- POCO F2 Pro
- Mi 10 / Pro / Ultra
- Mi 10T / Pro
- Redmi Note 8 2021
Devices that may not get the Android 13 update
- Redmi 9 / Prime / 9T / Power
- Redmi Note 9 / 9S / Pro / Pro Max
- Redmi Note 9 4G / 5G / 9T 5G
- Redmi Note 9 Pro 5G
- Redmi K30 4G/5G/Ultra/K30i 5G/Racing
- POCO X3 / NFC
- POCO X2 / M2 / M2 Pro
- Mi 10 Lite/Youth Edition
- Mi 10i/10T Lite
- Mi Note 10 Lite
Android 13: What do we know so far?
Last year, Android 12 brought a major design overhaul. We saw a completely redesigned Quick Settings panel, Material You theming, Game Dashboard, Privacy Dashboard, Extra dim, Scrolling screenshot, Conversation widget, and more. This year’s Android OS will focus more on behind-the-scene changes. But still, there will be a lot of changes on the UI level.
Android 13 codename
Starting with the delicious codenames, Google gives to Android versions. Android 4.4 was called “KitKat”, Android 8 was “Oreo”, and the latest Android 13 is confirmed to be called “Tiramisu”. Android 13 might come with a selection of new palettes to fetch colors from the wallpaper.
QR code scanner
Most OEMs offer QR code scanning just by pointing your phone’s camera at a QR code. But, Google wants to make it an inbuilt feature by adding this feature to Android 13. The Developer preview version 1 of Android 13 has this feature in the Quick Settings toggle, though it was inaccessible.
Language settings for apps
Android 13 could remove the language barrier by bringing an option to set your preferred language for any app. So, if you are someone who would love to use some apps in a non-English language, then it might be a great feature for you. We got to see this in Android 13 Developer Preview 2. Though, it was not working well on every phone.
‘Do not Disturb’ was renamed to ‘Priority Mode’
In Android 13, you won’t find Do not Disturb as Google is renaming it to Priority Mode. The functionality is likely to remain unchanged.
Updated Media Player
Android 13 brings an updated media player that appears below the quick settings panel and on your lock screen. It looks better with the album art taking the entire background. Also, the controls have been moved around slightly.
Bluetooth LE Audio support
The next version of Android will bring inbuilt support for Bluetooth LE Audio and the Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3). It will improve power usage and audio quality across Low Complexity Communications Codec (LC3). This will improve power usage and audio quality across supported devices.
Tap to transfer media controls
According to a report from Android Police, Android 13 could bring a tap-to-transfer (TTT) feature that will allow users to pass on media controls to other linked devices. However, no such thing has been found in code or developer preview builds.