Here are some of the key Android 13 features that have been in the spotlight at Mountain View for some time
- Themed icons– Android 13 scores the Theme Icons feature, which takes the dominant color from your wallpaper and paints all supported home screen icons accordingly. So far, the feature works in the Android 13 beta, but you can only use themed Google icons, and only on the home screen, not the app drawer.
- color themes – There are four new default color themes that will be available regardless of the wallpaper you choose. As a reminder, Android 12 introduced an automatic theme feature that extracted the dominant colors from your background and allowed you to paint your interface in those colors.
- New media control widget – An updated and more colorful media management widget is available on Android 13. The album art will be displayed more prominently, with a bit of color as well.
- Different language per app – Multilingual users will be happy to know that Android will finally allow them to select separate languages for apps, different from the device’s default language. For example, you can have a banking app in English, while your phone is set to Spanish, or vice versa. Currently, this feature is not yet available in the Android 13 beta.
- Enhanced Privacy – Android 13 scores multiple privacy improvements. For example, your clipboard is automatically deleted after a predefined time so that apps can’t see your clipboard history. A new unified privacy and security menu in Settings is brought to Android 13, combining all controls for your peace of mind. In addition to assessing your current security, this new page gives you useful tools at your fingertips and allows you to take action quickly if you need to. In addition, apps will no longer ask you for certain permissions, such as Wi-Fi scanning, but they will ask for your permission to show you notifications, which was a long time coming.
- Improved tablet experience – Android 13 will be a cornerstone update for Android tablets as it has some important tablet exclusive features. An updated taskbar makes multitasking in split screen mode easier. Android 13 on tablets has Palm Rejection by default, so you can easily rest your palm on the tablet screen while using a stylus to draw or write without worrying about misidentification.
As a reminder, Android 13 is currently available as a public beta that anyone with a fairly new Pixel can try. Some of the new features that will eventually come in Android 13 are already available in beta, but many are not, as usual. Android 13 seems to be getting ready for a late summer release, most likely late August or early September.
Pixels will get the new Android update first, but it will eventually trickle down to most current Android flagships — think Galaxies, OnePluses, and everyone else.