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Android recently launched the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system – Android 13, which was previewed in February already.
The update comes after four beta cycles and users were able to preview the update earlier this year, getting users excited.
Android is currently the most widely used mobile operating system in the world, with a global market share of 86.2%.
Since 2014, Android’s global market share has hovered around 80%, with the lowest ranking being 81.1%.
Android 12 previously brought the biggest changes to the platform, especially with Material You. The equipment you have brought with you a new appearance for Android and gives it a refreshing experience with the current aesthetics.
With the way Android 12 was, Android 13 could be a disappointing operating system for certain users.
With new functions and changes that must be configured, however, a brand new horizon is in sight.
With the incoming update, the new functions come, and here we are examining some of the functions that users can expect.
Updated Material You color diagrams
Android 13 updates its equipment that you have colored diagrams and that users have access to three new “Tonal Spot” colors:
- Vibrant – supplemental accents
- Expressive – a wider range of colors that extends to the background
- Spritz – a monochromatic scheme
Improvement of notifications
With the Android 13 system, applications can no longer display notifications unless the user allows.
Once installed, opening new apps will open a permissions pop-up requiring users to allow or deny notifications.
Faster QR code scan
Previously, Android devices required users to download a third-party app from the Google Assistant to scan QR codes.
Apps often slow down or don’t work at all, but Android 13 introduces QR code scanning in the Quick Settings panel.
Improved battery information
Android 13’s system adds a significant upgrade to battery life, particularly with apps affecting battery.
When an app causes excessive battery drain, Android 13 alerts users with a silent notification so they can force the app to close or the device to restart.
Ultra wideband, or UWB, is new to the tech scene and allows users to act like a car key or lost device locator.
UWB also improves NFC and Bluetooth connectivity.
The problem with old UWB support was that it required built-in UWB.
With Android 13, a hardware abstraction layer adds functionality so that all Android devices can implement UWB.
Customizable lock screen
When Material You first launched, users complained about the size of the clock on the lock screen.
Android 13 allows users to disable the clock by turning off the double line clock switch in the settings.
Android 13 privacy and security
Android 13 will introduce an improved privacy and security experience for users, adding further limitations to apps and allowing users to select which permissions and what data is accessible.
The permissions will include file types such as audio, image and video.
Among the security updates that the system will introduce is the automatic deletion of clipboard contents after a certain interval.
As a result, apps no longer have access to the oldest items on the clipboard, a recurring problem in the past.
The security update also prevents users from accidentally sharing copied texts with the wrong people.
Android 13 activation app permissions include automatic revocation of permissions from apps that haven’t been used for a period of time.
Android 13 release dates
Google Pixel devices were among the first to receive Android 13, receiving the update on August 15, 2022.
However, the Pixel 6 Pro is yet to receive the update, which may indicate that not all Pixel phones will receive the update.
Pixels 1 to 3 are among the devices that no longer support Android 13.