At this year Google I/O, the tech giant announced Android 13, the latest version of its mobile operating system and the successor to Android 12. And most likely, Android 13 will be available worldwide in August or early September. Now, however, there is an interesting question: is? Is Google also planning to release a successor to Android 12L, the version of Android designed specifically for tablets? Well, the short answer is probably no. In a new tweet, Esper’s Senior Technical Editor, Mishaal Rahman, shared that there probably won’t be Android 13L, a conclusion based on data found in AOSP (the open source build of Android). Rahman said Google has already suggested that Android 14 is at API level 34, while Android 13’s API level is 33.
Just in case anyone thought there would be another point release this year (like an ‘Android 13L’ or something), there probably won’t be, as Android 14 has been suggested multiple times by Google/in AOSP as being API level 34 (Android 13 is API level 33).https://t.co/4UnMPxcN30pic.twitter.com/8stfnPK9an
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 27, 2022
If you are not an Android developer, you may not be familiar with this stuff. The API level is a unique identifier and every Android version has one. It basically tells apps which set of APIs to use so that they work properly on your device. Google sets these levels in sequential order. This means, Android 11 is API level 30, Android 12 is level 31, and Android 12L is assigned level 32. So, with Google giving API 33 to Android 13 and API 34 directly to Android 14, that means most likely won’t be Android 13L.
However, like android police pointed out that Google might skip Android 13L because there is simply no longer a need for a version of Android designed specifically for large mobile devices. Android 13 will have the same features as Android 12L, meaning it will provide an adaptive experience for both tablets and phones. And if you have one thing that ticks all the boxes, you don’t need another that ticks just a few of them.
In other words, Android 12L was probably just an experiment. Google took what it needed and improved the main operating system so that it could provide a good user experience across devices.