Google confirms Android 13 is rolling out to Pixel devices

Pixel users are in for a treat today as Google confirms the rollout of Android 13 to devices.

After releasing the final beta last month, Google flipped the release switch for Android 13 for its own first-party Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 4 and newer.

While Android 12 and 12L seemed to have passed over the past year without much fanfare, Android 13 appears to be a much more solid update that brings more features and fewer stability fixes than its predecessor.

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In Android 13, users will be greeted with hardware UI changes that bring more color-matching palettes to the overall theme of the phones as well as an improved media player that is larger and shows an active playbar in the notification shade.

Color customizations for Android 13 go deeper into app-by-app usage, including changing colors, themes, and languages.

Google is also touting more security with Android 13 that gives users the ability to delegate content apps have access to beyond entire media folders. Users can now grant or prevent access to specific photos or videos that apps can use.

Android 13 also attempts to muzzle app notification spam by requesting notification access permissions.

Android 13 notification

Perhaps some of the biggest changes in Android 13 have to do with the accessibility of its data sharing ecosystem, which starts with chat communications extending seamlessly to mobile devices and Chromebook integration. , ala iPhones and MacBooks. Although it is part of Android Messages on the Web, the new feature can be obtained with or without a browser instance started on Chromebooks.

Similarly, users can copy content such as URLs, text or images from their phone and paste them onto their tablet or Chromebook. Unfortunately, this is a TBD feature and not part of the initial Android 13 rollout at this time.

Android 13 also adopts Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) standards which should improve the quality of audio as well as streaming media across multiple channels at once.

Android 12L was supposed to usher in support for larger and foldable screens, but Android 13 builds on that with dual-app content sharing, new gestures for split-screen functionality.

There are a handful of other smaller additions which can be read on the official Google blog here.

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