It happened ! Android 13 is now available on phones

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(Pocket-lint) – Google has released this year’s major Android update, Android 13, for Google Pixel phones.

The annual update is released earlier than expected considering that Android 12 was released last October and Android 11 was released in September 2020. Many people were expecting Android 13 to arrive this fall. The software has been available to beta testers for months, and those beta testers have revealed key features coming with Android 13. Pocket-lint has rounded up the most interesting changes in our Android 13 guide.

Read: When will Android 13 come to my phone?

Here are some of the new features in Android 13:

  • Customize non-Google app icons to match your home screen wallpaper.
  • Dissemination of application messagesincluding Google Messages, directly to a Chromebook.
    • This is similar to iMessage on the Mac.
  • Support for spatial sound with head tracking
    • The sounds seem to come from a fixed point in space.
    • Works when you move your head while wearing compatible headphones.
    • Google does not specify which headphones support it, other than the Pixel Buds Pro.
  • Define the languages ​​on a per application basis
  • Redesigned media player which adjusts its appearance depending on what is playing.
  • Taking control of Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Improvement of multitasking on large-screen devices
    • Drag and drop support for multitasking
    • Better palm rejection when using pens
  • New permission to reduce the notification spam
  • New option to restrict the application access to your photos and videos.

Starting August 15, 2022, Pixel 4, Pixel 5, and Pixel 6 devices will get Android 13 as a free over-the-air software update. Or, if you’re ready to install Android 13 on your Pixel now, OTA images are available here. The software update is expected to arrive later this year for devices from other manufacturers, including Asus, HMD, Motorola, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, Sony, Xiaomi, and Samsung.

“This month, all supported Pixel devices running Android 12 will receive the Android 13 software update, which begins rolling out to most users today. The rollout will continue over the coming weeks in carrier feature. Users will be notified when OTA is available for their device,” reads a Google support page for Android 13. “Check your Android version and update to receive the latest software”.

If you were in the Android 13 beta, you’ll get the final version of Android 13 and can stay signed up to receive beta updates for upcoming Feature Drops.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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